‘Godzilla’ beats out ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Rocketman’ to claim box office title

Posted at 12:21 PM, Jun 02, 2019

(CNN) — “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” was king of the weekend box office, beating out “Aladdin” and Elton John’s biopic, “Rocketman.”

“Godzilla,” a Warner Bros. film which brings back a 1950s subtitle, brought in just over $49 million in its North American debut, according to Comscore data released Sunday.

Disney’s “Aladdin,” the live-action rebootof the 1992 animated film, brought in more than $42 million in North America in its second week of release. Internationally, the film earned $78.3 million, for a global weekend haul of $120.6 million, according to Comscore.

Paramount’s “Rocketman,” which depicts Elton John’s childhood and rise to fame, came in third, bringing in $25 million.

The past few weeks have been lucrative for Hollywood. Last month, “Avengers: Endgame,” the Disney and Marvel film, logged a record-shattering $1.2 billion opening, and it subsequently became the fastest film in history to make $2 billion worldwide.

The global box office has benefited from a strong performanceat North American theaters, which have grown sales and foot traffic.

And some of the year’s biggest films haven’t landed in theaters yet.

Disney is set to releasea remake of “The Lion King,” which includes voice work by Donald Glover and Beyoncé, on July 19.

Some industry analysts believe it could be one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

— CNN Business’ Frank Pallotta contributed to this report