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Weekend box office: 'Godzilla' reboot has biggest opening of 2014 so far

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Godzilla is still the King of the Monsters, as this weekend’s box office reports prove. The new Hollywood reboot of “Godzilla” directed by Gareth Edwards was met with decidedly mixed—though overall mostly positive—reviews from critics and audiences, but that didn’t stop it from having the biggest opening weekend of 2014 so far. “Godzilla” grossed $93.2 million, just a little more than “The Amazing Spider-man 2”’s $92 million debut of a couple weeks ago. This is the first Godzilla movie to come out in quite a few years, the last American version being in 1998, and with the cult success the monster movie “Pacific Rim” last year, moviegoers were obviously ready for the big guy to make a comeback.

Meanwhile, last weekend’s number one movie, the comedy “Neighbors”, dropped to second with $25.9 million, and “Million Dollar Arm” wasn’t quite the success most people were expecting. The Disney sports drama starring Jon Hamm as an agent who recruits new players from India was the weekend’s only other new release opposite “Godzilla”, and it opened in fourth with only $10.5 million.

On the indie front, the drama “Belle”, based on the true story of the mixed race daughter of an admiral in late 1700s England, expanded to just under 200 theaters nationwide this weekend. The film fell just short of cracking the top 12, coming in thirteenth at the box office with $960,000.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Godzilla”: $93.2 million

2. “Neighbors”: $25.9 million

3. “The Amazing Spider-man 2”: $16.8 million

4. “Million Dollar Arm”: $10.5 million

5. “The Other Woman”: $6.3 million

6. “Heaven is for Real”: $4.4 million

7. “Rio 2”: $3.8 million

8. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”: $3.7 million

9. “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”: $1.95 million

10. “Mom’s Night Out”: $1.9 million

11. “Divergent”: 1.15 million

12. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: $1.1 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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