Kong King of the Box Office

Hollywood’s largest primate didn’t monkey around this weekend.

Kong: Skull Island stomped, smashed and roared its way to the top of the box office heap, rumbling past all comers and putting its bloody handprint on the weekend’s championship. The silverback banked an estimated 61 million greenbacks en route to the win, proving that moviedom’s most enduring, endearing ape still has plenty of economic muscle. (Take that, Mighty Joe Young.)

But while Kong dominated the box office, there were still plenty of bananas to spread around. Logan, last week’s champ, slipped to No. 2 with $37.9 million. That represents more than a 57% weekend-over-weekend drop, but it was still enough to push its total domestic box office take to $152.7 million. Logan will likely overtake The LEGO Batman Movie as 2017’s No. 1 movie by next weekend, though LEGO Batman isn’t going to make it easy on his fellow superhero. The LEGO film also finished in the Top Five this week, earning $7.8 million to finish No. 5.

Have we ever seen two so opposite-feeling superhero movies in the Top Five? I think not. Let’s hope that LEGO doesn’t make an R-rated Wolverine movie anytime soon.

Get Out, Jordan Peele’s socially aware horror flick, finished No. 3 with about $21.1 million. And The Shack, the Christian film based on a rather controversial bestseller, finished fourth with $10.1 million, losing just 38% of its audience.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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