Now that the theatrical release of the film is coming to an end, and it is already possible in fact to acquire the digital version of it on the market, to continue later with the Blu-Ray edition from August 27, the truth is that many experts -and also many fans- wonder why ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ did not earn more money at the box office . There is no doubt that it is an excellent time to look back and question it, especially if we take into account that the next year 2020 will hit the big screen ‘Godzilla VS Kong’.
As you probably remember, ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ was officially released at the end of May 2019, while in our country it was released on June 21, 2019.
In this version, viewers could closely follow the heroic efforts of the cryptozoologists belonging to the Monarch agency, while trying to face off against a group of enormous monsters , including Godzilla himself.
Thus, together they tried to resist the terrible attacks of Rodan, Mothra or King Ghidorah, some ancient creatures who did everything possible to survive, and putting the life and existence of human beings on the planet at risk .
The truth is that it was an interesting film as far as the cast is concerned, since it had -for example- the presence of Vera Farmiga (‘Insidious’ or ‘The Warren File’ among others) as Dr. Emma Russell, toKyle Chandler as Mark Russell and Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa. The shy numbers that the movie achieved at the box office
The movie itself was released as the third in the MonsterVerse, after the 2014 movie titled ‘Godzilla’ and the one released in 2017 under the title ‘ Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters ‘ . And while the first two did work at the box office, the same did not happen with this third. In fact, below we show you what the total box office receipts were: ‘Godzilla’:
- In the United States: 200,676,069 dollars.
- Abroad: 328,400,000 dollars.
- In total: 529,076,069 dollars.
‘ Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters ‘:
- In the United States: 168,052,812 dollars.
- Abroad: 398,600,000 dollars.
- In total: 566,652,812 dollars.
‘ Godzilla: King of the Monsters ‘:
- In the United States: 110,381,893 dollars.
- Abroad: 275,400,000 dollars.
- In total: 385,781,893 dollars.
As you can see, ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ earned significantly less than the previous two MonsterVerse movies. And the question would be why?
In the words of the experts there are several reasons, including the bad reviews made by some of the most renowned critics. What was the reason for the failure at the box office
However, for most experts it would have to do with the incredible amount of competition that accompanied the premiere of the film in early 2019. For example, only in May 2019 in the United States, Godzilla had to face ‘Aladdin’, ‘Detective Pikachu’ and ‘John Wick 3’, while all of them had to face ‘Avengers: Endgame’, which was It has become the highest grossing film of all time.
We could basically say that there was not enough air in the room. And, for the moment, it seems that the same problem would not exist for the moment in which the arrival in theaters of the version that will be released in 2020 is expected.
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In any case, some media, such as Forbes, were able to offer a fairly solid and interesting argument for the revenue fatigue of the latest monster movie. The reason? The five-year gapbetween ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’, especially if we take into account that the true fans of this type of movie could see two movies from ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ or ‘Project Rampage ‘, the latter released last year.
Although it will depend directly on the competition that the next window version finally faces, if the public is suffering from a real “fatigue” of monster movies -which I personally doubt-, that could be bad not only for the new Godzilla , but also for ‘Jurassic World 3’, which is expected to be released initially on June 11, 2021.
And it is that a movie that does not even have to be bad to be overlooked, only has to be released in the middle of the wrong month so that it ends up happening without pain or glory.
However, we will have to wait until next year, specifically until March 13, 2020, to discover whether or not the new version is worth it.
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