Box Office: ‘Godzilla x Kong' Remains No. 1 as Dev Patel's ‘Monkey Man' Debuts to $10 Million

"Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" dominated the domestic box office once more, outperforming newcomers "Monkey Man" and "The First Omen."

Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's mega tentpole grossed $31.7 million from 3,948 screens in its second weekend. Ticket sales decreased by 60% (for a tentpole of its size and scale) from its $80 million launch to $132 million domestically.

First-time filmmaker Dev Patel's action thriller "Monkey Man" came in second with $10.1 million from 3,029 sites, while Disney and 20th Century's eerie prequel "The First Omen" trailed in fourth with a lackluster $8.4 million from 3,375 locations.

 With "Monkey Man," which was originally planned for Netflix, Universal Pictures acquired rights for $10 million after filmmaker Jordan Peele (whose production firm has a distribution agreement with Universal) saw the picture and decided it warranted a theatrical release.

"The First Omen" was originally intended for Hulu but was moved to theaters since horror has been a consistent theatrical draw, and it is more financially profitable for studios to release films in theaters before they are available on streaming. 

 It cost roughly $30 million, thus neither "The First Omen" nor "Monkey Man" have a particularly difficult path to profitability throughout their theatrical runs.

"Monkey Man" has gotten positive feedback from audiences (a "B+" CinemaScore) and critics (an 86% average on Rotten Tomatoes), so word-of-mouth could aid in the coming weeks.

"Dune: Part Two" slipped to sixth place with $7.2 million in its sixth weekend of sales. The science fiction blockbuster has grossed $264 million in North America and $634 million worldwide, cementing its position as the year's highest-grossing film.

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