Blame Canada: Box Office Recovery Faces New Challenge Despite ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ Success

Jeremy Fuster
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After weeks of incremental growth, “Godzilla vs. Kong” provided a big leap in the recovery process for the domestic box office. In Canada, however, theaters are still closed in approximately 75% of the country, making the country the next big challenge in the struggle to return to normalcy. The $48.5 million 5-day opening of Warner Bros/Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” was fueled by the widest release for a film since the start of the pandemic at 3,064 theaters, compared to 2,860 for Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” back in September. But by comparison, the film’s 2019 predecessor, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” opened in 4,108 locations. That approximately 1,000-theater difference isn’t entirely attributable to Canada. All of the top U.S. markets are still in the process of reopening theaters, including Los Angeles, where chains like Arclight and Laemmle still remain shuttered. But Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros., explained that unlike Canada, there’s basically no part of the country where an American moviegoer can’t find at least one theater that’s open now, thanks in good part to the nationwide reopening of the country’s three largest chains: AMC, Cinemark and Regal. Also Read: 'Godzilla vs Kong' Smashes Pandemic Box Office Slump...

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