Welcome to the Box Office Report, where the biggest opening day of 2014 came not by spider nor American captain, but by animated reptile. And a frazzled Bryan Cranston.
1. Godzilla (Warner Brothers): $93.2 million in 3,952 theaters.
There was some divide on Godzilla among critics, but the tomatoes were mostly unrotten and our own David Sims said, You know what? Go see it. And so America did, traveling in droves to watch its own pixelated destruction. By the end of the weekend, the $100 million mark was achingly close. Nevertheless, Bryan Cranston for the olds, Aaron Johnson for the youngs, graphics for the nerds, and you've got the biggest opening day of 2014. No Puff Daddy though, which is why it ultimately fell shy of the biggest opening weekend, just two million bucks behind Captain America.
2. Neighbors (Universal): $26 million in 3,311 theaters.
After a very strong opening by Rogen and co. last weekend, moviegoers built good fences around Neighbors and the crowd lessened by nearly half. That's not a lot of staying power given that it's the only big-name comedy to be released this month and that Rose Byrne is a revelation. No worries. In its second week alone, Neighbors still outearned its own production budget.