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Movie Monday: ‘Civil War’ Holds Off ‘Abigail’

They gave it a shot. But a trio of newcomers couldn’t take down Civil War.

The provocative war drama managed to hold its ground for the second-straight weekend, earning an estimated $11.1 million in North America to take the box-office crown. Civil War has now earned $44.9 million, and some are saying that it could become the highest-grossing film in distributor’s A24 history.

Still, newcomer Abigail took a bite or two out of Civil War’s would-be profits. The bloody horror comedy danced to a $10.2 million second-place finish—less than $1 million behind Civil War. That’s not a bad beginning for a low-budget vampire flick, and Abigail will surely drink in more cash in the coming weeks.

But it’s unlikely that Abigail will ever reach the towering heights—physically or financially—of Godzilla and Kong. That titanic tandem’s film, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, rumbled to another $9.5 million this weekend, which pushed its overall domestic bank to $171.6 million. That makes Godzilla x Kong the second highest-grossing film in Warner Bros.’ MonsterVerse franchise (behind Godzilla, which launched the franchise in 2014 and earned $200.7 million).

But you think you’re going to keep these two kaiju in the States? Hardly. Godzilla x Kong has done even better overseas—collecting $313.6 million from international markets. That pushes the film’s overall earnings to $485.2 million. Once its budget and marketing costs are paid, I’m assuming that Godzilla and Kong will use the excess to buy a few warehouses worth of chamomile tea, which they can sip between rampages.

Another newbie, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, slid ignobly into fourth place, earning $9 million. Admittedly, that’s just $2.1 million away from the top slot, but I’d imagine that Henry Cavill and company had hoped for better.

The anime flick Spy x Family Code: White—a big-screen add-on to the smile-worthy series Spy x Family—closed out the top five with nearly $4.9 million—edging out Kung Fu Panda 4 ($4.6 million). Oh, and it’s made nearly 10 times that outside the U.S. and Canada. Perhaps they should’ve called the film Spy x Family Code: Green.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

3 Responses

  1. “Civil War has now earned $44.9 million, and some are saying that it could become the highest-grossing film in distributor’s A24 history.”

    I’m kind of curious who’s saying that, since I doubt it will surpass Moonlight or Lady Bird (just watched that movie and thought it was mostly stellar but with notable content issues and a somewhat tidy ending), let alone Hereditary or Everything Everywhere All At Once. It should modestly recoup its budget, but I don’t think it’s going to be a grand success.

    1. I watched it yesterday. It was good, but not great. I think it’s the premise that will scare away some moviegoers. There are some people (Oath Keepers, Boogaloo Bois, etc.) that rhapsodise over a second American Civil War, but the prospect is simply unthinkable.

  2. I saw “Civil War” yesterday. It was good, but not great. 7 out of 10 stars for me. As a one-time journalist myself, I appreciated the focus on photojournalism. As for the prospect of another American civil war, it’s something that has to be avoided AT ALL COST. You think the pandemic affected the supply chain? The pandemic would be child’s play compared to a civil war. There would be death and misery on a scale that this movie barely hints at.