May 18, 2014 7:21 pm

‘Godzilla’ crushes competition with $93M opening weekend

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in a scene from 'Godzilla.'

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LOS ANGELES – Godzilla has smashed its way to the top of the box office.

The 3-D monster movie had the second-largest debut of the year this weekend with $93.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Godzilla trails Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened with $95 million in April, and sits just above The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which debuted with $91.6 million this month.

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The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, also helped eliminate the bad memory of another of the franchise’s remakes, Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla, released in 1998 and starring Matthew Broderick. Backed by Sony, the film opened with $44 million.

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Godzilla, starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, is the year’s biggest opening for IMAX globally. It generated $103 million and 14.35 million admissions from 16,946 screens in 64 markets outside the U.S. and Canada.

Godzilla knocked last weekend’s No. 1 hit, Neighbors, down to No. 2 in its second weekend.

The raunchy Seth Rogen and Zac Efron-led comedy earned $26 million, bringing its domestic total to $91.5 million.

Rounding out the top three was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with $17 million. So far it’s earned a total of $172 million domestically.

Also opening this weekend was the feel-good sports drama Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm, which landed at No. 4 with $11 million.

In its fourth weekend, femme-fueled comedy The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, gained $6.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $72 million.

© The Associated Press, 2014

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