Starved of real content for so long, the international box-office stormed back into life this weekend with the first big release in what seems like a lifetime – Godzilla Vs. Kong.

As expected, it did big business in China. At $70 million for the weekend it more than doubled Tenet’s haul last year. Globally it pulled in nearly $130 million. It is not released in the US until next week. Its opening weekend gross in Australia was more than the entire box-office haul of the Godzilla: King Of The Monsters in that territory.

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The re-release of Avatar in China added another $44 million to that movie’s championship total meaning it’s now inevitable that we will see a complete re-release of Avatar in the West ahead of the sequel.

In the USA the Bob Odenkirk actioner Nobody pulled in $6.7 million at the box-office, with another $5 million on top outside the US.

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The signs of life will do nothing to dissuade studios from their new release strategies, at least this year. Theatres remain closed in several key markets and the third wave of COVID-19 has taken hold across Europe.

Even where theatres are open they are operating with social distancing and reduced capacity. There are also fewer screenings per day due to enhanced cleaning between shows.

It will be at least until the end of the summer before a firmer picture of the long-term damage done to the industry emerges.

Godzilla Vs. Kong, which stars Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Zhang Ziyi, Demian Bichir, and Julian Dennison, will hit theaters and HBO Max on March 31st.

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