‘Kong: Skull Island’ scares up $61 million at box office, bumps ‘Logan’ to second place

The release date for “Kong: Skull Island” was pushed back from November 4 to March 10, 2017 to coincide with the 84th anniversary of the release of “King Kong” back in 1933. That delay only served to whet the appetite of fans as it took in a whopping $61 million. That pushed last weekend’s box office champ, “Logan,” down to second place, with takings of $38 million. Expect that tally to rise in the coming weeks as this reboot of the monster movie franchise did well with both early audiences and film reviewers.

Those who flocked to “Kong: Skull Island” in its first weekend gave it a CinemaScore of B+. Likewise, critics found the film to be worth the wait as this latest instalment in the monster franchise earned an impressive 77 at the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator.

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Many reviews made mention of the chemistry between Golden Globe champ Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) and Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room”) who star in the popcorn picture. They lead a team of explorers into the heart of an uncharted island in the south Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of this mythic monster.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, whose only other feature was the 2013 coming-of-age comedy “The Kings of Summer,” earned much praise for his helming of this blockbuster. The script is by Oscar nominee Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”), Derek Connolly (“Jurassic World” and the upcoming “Star Wars” movie) and “Godzilla” writer Max Borenstein, who came on board when the decision was made to make this movie part of the MonsterVerse. Indeed, Legendary has already announced that King Kong and Godzilla will face off in a 2020 release, as part of an ecosystem of giant super-species, both classic and new.

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