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'Godzilla' stomps and romps early with $9.3 million

"Godzilla" takes a new shape here.
"Godzilla" takes a new shape here.
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"Godzilla" rose up on Thursday night and bit off $9.3 million at the box office and set the stage for a monster weekend.

It does looks like "Neighbors" will have to allow someone, or something else, into the neighborhood. The destruction of the neighborhood will be huge.

"Godzilla" will stomp its way through theaters this weekend and could end up grossing $60-70 million when all is said and done. It will also bring about a different kind of hero, to a certain extent. While "The Amazing Spider Man 2" may have felt a superhero glut or even fatigue set it with last week's numbers, now comes a giant lizard to the rescue. Along with that, a villain that is not human at all, so it takes a non-human force to defeat it.

They are the stars here, too. The cast really doesn't matter. They just need to do their jobs and not get in the way. But, to some, there is not enough of the main attraction. However, that can be good, like "Jaws." Tease the audience and then deliver the goods. And leave them wanting more. This certainly does that. Many times of late, there is too much, as in special effects or one too many action scenes that could have easily been cut. "Godzilla" is often subtle as it plods along. The desire and need for non-stop action isn't necessarily.

"Godzilla" allows for imagination, while leaving the audience wanting a longer look at the beast, and to cheer it on. It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche. The only in-your-face character is Cranton's and that is not much of a problem. The actors simply let the main stars shine, and that is due to the direction of Gareth Edwards.

The other wide release is the baseball film "Million Dollar Arm." Jon Hamm stars and his "Mad Men" fans may follow him to the big screen, but not many others will. Not because it is a terrible movie, but because it is about baseball — a tough sell, no matter the emotions and love for America's past-time.

Baseball movies are not as popular as some may think. The highest-grossing baseball film of all time is not "Field of Dreams," but rather "League of Their Own." Most fall flat. Hollywood tries too hard to bring them to life.

Now, with one week until the next huge release with "X-Men: Days of Future Past," even "Neighbors" will enjoy another successful weekend, joining "Godzilla." Along the way, there needs to be a bomb, box office-wise. It will happen, but which film will it be?

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