Not a New Number 1: The forecast of good summer weather for the weekend makes life difficult for the film industry, because despite top-notch new starts like “Rocketman” and “Godzilla 2,” the numbers at the German box office they are not outstanding.
Anyone who would like to do a simple calculation and therefore potentially equate the gigantic surprise hit of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (worldwide gross: $ 903 million) with the Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” which now it has started in German cinemas, has miscalculated. First of all, Queen and Freddie Mercury have a completely different glow in Germany than Sir Elton John and “Bohemian Rhapsody” is and will continue to be a phenomenon: a moving film that has its weaknesses, but that hits audiences with centimeter precision.
Director Dexter Fletcher’s “Rocketman” (“Eddie The Eagle”), which ended “Bohemian Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer was ousted, reached 50,000 viewers in 517 theaters Thursday, early yesterday. (via Focus film). Extrapolated to the warm summer weekend (= fewer visitors than cool temperatures) between 165,000 and 200,000 viewers, according to the forecast of Inside the cinema Y Focus film. And so the $ 41 million musical “Rocketman” will definitely be making its debut on the German charts compared to “Aladdin” (290,000 to 300,000 visitors as of Sunday), which has been running for a week, and probably in compared to “John Wick: Kapitel 3” (175,000 to 200,000 visitors on Sunday) lose. On Thursday, “Rocketman” had 10,000 viewers behind “John Wick 3” (and 65,000 behind “Aladdin”).
For comparison: “Bohemian Rhapsody” started on October 31, 2018 with a massive 90,000 viewers on the first day, 398,000 on the first weekend, and then showed excellent cross-country skiing qualities, leading the film to 3.5 million in total.
“Godzilla 2” lags behind its predecessors
Warner Bros. certainly would have imagined a better start for their monster action “Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters.” On Thursday (May 30, 2019), Michael Dougherty’s fantasy cracker attracted nearly 50,000 visitors (in 446 cinemas), and between 150,000 and 160,000 movie tickets can be expected through Sunday inclusive. For a potential blockbuster that gobbles up $ 200 million in production costs, the result is very disappointing, especially as the predecessor “Godzilla” (2014), which also failed to meet expectations with a total turnout of 955,000 visitors, had 345,000. viewers at the beginning. In any case, that only means fourth place on the German film charts for “Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters.”
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The comparison to Roland Emmerich’s much-criticized version of “Godzilla” should add to the frustration with the current issues of “Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters.” The actor attracted 1.19 million visitors and a total of 3 million in the first weekend of 1998. As a result, there are also the signs of “Godzilla Vs. Kong” is not exactly cheap. The fourth part of Warners MonsterVerse (after “Godzilla”, “Kong: Skull Island” and “Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters”) has already been filmed and begins on March 13, 2020 in North America.