Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire beats Monkey Man with $31 million.  

At this weekend's box office, Dev Patel's Monkey Man came out swinging, but it wasn't enough to unseat the king.   

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire topped Monkey Man and fellow newcomer The First Omen for the second week in a row.   

Comscore reports that the fifth MonsterVerse picture has grossed $31 million in domestic markets since its $80 million debut last week.   

The domestic total is $135 million, whereas the global gross is $361 million.  

The New Empire, a sequel to 2021's Godzilla vs. Kong, pits the two giants against a massive undiscovered enemy that threatens humanity's fate.  

The Adam Wingard-directed film stars Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, and Brian Tyree Henry.  

.Patel's gory action-thriller Monkey Man debuts in second place.   

After a decade of work, the filmmaker celebrates the film's theatrical release.   

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