LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The latest remake of classic monster flick Godzilla stormed to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend with a killer US$93.2 million (S$117 million), industry estimates said on Sunday.
The latest incarnation of the 1954 classic stars Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche and continues the original's exploration of the threat of nuclear disasters.
The movie pushed raunchy comedy Neighbours to a distant second place.
Starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as new parents who find themselves living next door to a raucous fraternity, Universal Pictures' Neighbours earned US$26 million from Friday to Sunday, according to tracker Exhibitor Relations.
In third place, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel featuring Andrew Garfield, took in US$16.8 million for a total US$172 million in the three weeks since its release.
Another newcomer, Million Dollar Arm, slid into fourth spot. The film, a true story about a Major League Baseball agent who goes to India to find the next big thing, had ticket sales worth US$10.5 million.
Down to fifth, The Other Woman, a romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz, earned just US$6.3 million in its fourth week.
In sixth place was Heaven Is For Real, starring Greg Kinnear as the father of a four-year-old boy who wakes up from emergency surgery with a story about going to heaven and back. It pulled in US$4.4 million as it slipped down the charts.
Seventh was animated flick Rio 2, about a family of blue Macaw parrots with voices by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. It just barely overtook Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with both films earning around US$3.8 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were Legends Of Oz pulling in just under US$2 million, followed by PG-rated comedy Moms' Night Out, with US$1.9 million.