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Godzilla Crushes Box Office With $93 Million Opening Weekend

GODZILLA
Warner Bros. Pictures

The latest on-screen incarnation on the monster classic, starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, had the second-largest opening weekend of 2014, stomping all over analysts' expectations of about $70 million

A massive radioactive monster unleashed an equally massive box-office victory this weekend as Godzilla claimed the top spot with a $93.2 million haul, per data from Box Office Mojo.

The mega monster reboot, starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, stomped all over the expectations of industry analysts, who predicted the film would only make about $70 million, USA Today reports.

Godzilla’s debut is the biggest opening weekend ever from a monster movie, according to Box Office Mojo, though The Wrap notes such a designation can be tricky to define.

There’s one foe Godzilla can’t seem to squash, however — Captain America: The Winter Solider barely held on to its title as 2014′s king of the opening weekends after making $95 million on release last month.

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