‘Kong: Skull Island’ Crowned King of Friday Box Office With $20 Million
The monster movie from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment picked up $20.2 million in receipts after Friday viewings were counted, on its way to a $54 million opening weekend from 3,846 locations. With “Kong” standing alone as the only major release this weekend, “Logan” landed in second, earning $10 million from 4,071 spots. Fox’s Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman was expected to put the pressure on “Kong,” but now looks to land solidly in second with an additional $36 million or so by the end of the weekend. Universal and Blumhouse’s “Get Out” earned a strong $6 million in its third weekend on the way to $21 million from 3,143 theaters. The horror-thriller — written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele — should easily round out the weekend’s top three.