Warner Bros. Entertainment scored a monster hit over the weekend with “Godzilla” pulling in $93.2 million, the second-highest grossing opening weekend so far this year.
The Burbank studio put up 25 percent of the financing for the updated version of the iconic giant lizard that has been appearing in film for 60 years. Warner Bros. also distributed the film, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Legendary Pictures, the feature film division of Legendary Entertainment, in Burbank, picked up 75 percent of the estimated $160 million budget.
Screenings of “Godzilla” in 3-D and Imax formats were strong. About 51 percent of the weekend audience saw the film in 3-D, while about 15 percent of grosses came from Imax screenings, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is so far the opening weekend leader with a gross of $95 million when released in April.