Godzilla x Kong Hits $100M at the box office, while “Monkey Man” breaks free from the “First Omen” curse in Thursday night previews, earning $1.4M to $725K.

Monkey Man, an action film starring Dev Patel from Universal/Monkeypaw, and First Omen, a film from 20th Century Studios, are both expected to gross over $12 million, but Thursday night’s previews gave the former an advantage over the latter, with $1.4 million to $725 thousand.

First Omen’s premiered at 7 PM, while Monkey Man’s began with previews at 2,750 theaters at 5 PM.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, a legendary film from Warner Bros., surpassed $100 million yesterday and is expected to take home at least $32 million in its second weekend. Imax will remain in the picture while First Omen and Monkey Man exchange PLFs. For all three, the powerful dollars of the 18–34 age group are at stake. First Omen and Monkey Man are both rated R.

Monkey Man’s reviews have stabilized at 85% certified fresh, and First Omen’s reviews aren’t too far behind at 81% fresh. First Omen has reservations at 3,375 theaters, and Monkey Man is playing at 3,029 locations.

Comps for Monkey Man include Focus Features’ The Northman, which grossed $1.35 million in previews before opening to a $5 million (plus previews) Friday and a $12.2 million three-day haul. Universal’s Violent Night is another contender, with $1.1 million in previews, $4.87 million on opening day, and $13.4 million over three days.

First Omen cost Disney in the low $30 million range before P&A, whereas Uni paid less than $10 million for Monkey Man.

Yesterday, GxK brought in $4.1 million, down 11% from Wednesday’s $103.3 million first week total at 3,861 cinemas.

At $4,345, Sony’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire came in second place for the week with $22.1M in weekend 2 following a $1.3M Thursday that was down 9% from Wednesday and a $79.9M two-week total.

Kung Fu Panda 4 from Universal/DreamWorks Animation brought in $16.7M at 3,582 sites in its fourth week, following a $1.3M Thursday that brought in 8% less than Wednesday’s total of $158.2M.

Dune: Part Two from Legendary/Warner Bros. is making $16.3M in its fifth week, following a fifth Thursday of $1.07M at 3,136 and a running cume of $257.6M.

After opening with a $299K Thursday, -25%, NEON’s Immaculate saw $4.9M in its second week at 2,362 cinemas, for a running total of $12.7M.

According to Comscore, some parts of spring break are still in place, with 5% of colleges and 27% of K–12 schools closed.

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