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Box Office: 'Godzilla' Bows to Lackluster $49M, 'Rocketman' Blasts Off With $25M

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman
David Appleby

Taron Egerton as Elton John in 'Rocketman' from Paramount Pictures. 

Godzilla was the king of the box office this weekend, but not by much.

Godzilla: King of Monsters roared its way to a lackluster $49 million during its debut at the North American box office at 4,108 screens, coming in below the majority of stateside projections that had the movie bowing above $50 million.

The movie earned $8.1 million from IMAX screenings across 406 locations, making up 17 percent of its box office debut.

King of the Monsters fell below the last installment in Warner Bros. and Legendary's monster movie series: 2017's Kong: Skull Island earned $61 million at its North American bow, though that movie fell behind Godzilla's $93 million (unadjusted for inflation) in its 2014 debut.

Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown star as a family in the movie that will see Godzilla collide with Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. The large supporting ensemble includes Bradley Whitford, Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Thomas Middleditch, Sally Hawkins and O'Shea Jackson Jr.

King of the Monsters, which was directed by Michael Dougherty, did not appeal to critics (it currently sits at a 39 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), while audiences gave it a B+ CinemaScore.

Males made up 67 percent of the audience, with 53 percent of moviegoers coming in between 17 to 34 years old. Caucasian audiences made up 47 percent of the Godzilla ticket buyers, followed by Hispanic (24 percent), Asian (16 percent) and African American (13 percent) audiences.

Counter-programmed against King of Monsters was Paramount's Elton John biopic Rocketman, which debuted on 3,600 screens to a solid $25 million.

Led by Taron Egerton, the Dexter Fletcher-directed movie musical follows the legendary singer-songwriter's rise to stardom and history with substance abuse. Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden and Jamie Bell also star.

The R-rated movie premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews and currently sits at 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with an A- CinemaScore. Rocketman's audience skewed much older than Godzilla's, with one-third of the audience over the age of 45, and Caucasians accounting for a huge 70 percent of moviegoers.

Rocketman did not fly quite as high as fellow recent rock biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which debuted to $51 million on Nov. 2 and went on the gross $216.4 million at the domestic box office.

The weekend's third new opening is Blumhouse and Universal title Ma, which bowed to $18 million on 2,808 screens.

Octavia Spencer reteamed with The Help director Tate Taylor for the horror thriller that centers on a middle-aged woman who befriends a group of local high schoolers, letting them party in her basement. But things quickly take a turn, as friendship turns into something far more sinister.

The R-rated thriller has a 61 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while audiences gave it a B- CinemaScore. Ma's audience had a nearly equal split between Caucasian and African American moviegoers, 37 percent and 36 percent, respectively. with 68 percent falling between 18-34 years old.

Holdovers at the box office include Disney's live-action Aladdin, which came in No. 2 this weekend with $42.3 million in stateside ticket sales, decreasing by 61 percent after a $112.7 million bow. Annapurna high school comedy Booksmart, which underperformed over the four-day Memorial Day weekend with an $8.7 million box office, fell by 52 percent with a $3.3 million haul.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.