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Godzilla x Kong leaves big footprint in Thursday night sneak previews

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The fifth installment in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, stomped into theaters Thursday night and fittingly made quite a dent at the box office.

According to The Wrap, the movie took in $10 million from Thursday sneaks ahead of Friday’s official opening. This easily beats the $6.3 million earned in sneaks in the summer of 2019 by its predecessor, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the trade points out.

The sneak preview performance means the new offering could beat its highest-end box office estimations for Easter weekend, $53 million.

The last movie featuring the beasts was 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong, the first big movie to hit the big screen following theaters being shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This time around, the titular kaiju form an uneasy alliance “against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own,” according to its official synopsis. 

In addition to the titular monsters, Godzilla x Kong sees the return of Godzilla vs. Kong’s human stars Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry and Kaylee Hottle.

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