‘Godzilla’ crushes competitors with $49M, but Elton John’s ‘Rocketman,’ ‘Ma’ found their fans

NEW YORK – “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” was brought down to size at the weekend box office but was still easily No. 1, while the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” and the Octavia Spencer-led horror film “Ma” got off to strong starts.

The latest “Godzilla” installment came in slightly below industry expectations, opening with an estimated $49 million in ticket sales. That’s barely more than half of the $93 million debut of 2014’s “Godzilla.”

Last week’s top film, “Aladdin,” slipped to second with $42 million.

Dexter Fletcher’s “Rocketman,” starring Taron Egerton, didn’t launch with the same bravado as last year’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It opened third with $25 million.

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The weekend’s most profitable release was likely “Ma,” which opened fourth. The Blumhouse Production thriller made $18.2 million on a $5 million budget.

Rounding out the top five: The latest installment in the Keanu Reeves’ assassin franchise, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” which finished fifth in its third week with $11.1 million.

Final numbers are expected Monday.

Contributing: Kim Willis

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