LOS ANGELES (NEWSnet/AP) — “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” roared to an $80 million opening on 3,861 North American screens, according to studio estimates.

The monster mash-up from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. starring Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry. brought the second-highest opening so far in 2024, falling short of the $81.5 million debut of “Dune: Part 2.”

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" was second with $15.7 million for a two-week total of $73.4 million.

“Dune: Part Two,” in its fifth week, fell to third, with an $11.1 million take and a domestic total of 252.4 million.

Completing the top five were “Kung Fu Panda 4” and “Immaculate.”

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