« Godzilla » Crushes With $93.2 Million Debut

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

LOS ANGELES (AP) – « Godzilla » has smashed its way to the top of the box office.

The 3-D monster movie from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures had the second-largest debut of the year this weekend with $93.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

« Godzilla » trails Disney-Marvel’s « Captain America: The Winter Soldier, » which opened with $95 million in April, and sits just above « The Amazing Spider-Man 2, » which debuted with $91.6 million this month.

Paying homage to the 60-year-old franchise in tone and spectacle, the latest iteration continues the legend of 1954 Japanese original — Ishiro Honda’s « Gojira. » Reviews of the film were positive — it earned a « fresh » rating from review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, with 72 percent of film critics responding positively.

Legendary Pictures President Jon Jashni said the film did better than expected partly because it was « starting to get sampled even by those who didn’t think it would necessarily…

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