‘Kong: Skull Island’ Pounds Away at the Global Box-Office

`Kong: Skull Island' Pounds Away at the Global Box-Office
PHOTOGRAPH: Kong: Skull Island | The expedition team conquered the red-carpet premiere of `Kong: Skull Island.’

The seventh remake of the original 1933 King Kong film, Kong: Skull Island pounded heavily at the box-office in several countries including Korea, France, Indonesia and Russia on opening day. The strong promotional boost in social media and television appearances of lead actors, notably Tom Hiddleston, helped ignite interest in the film.

Apart from the attraction of the giant ape, that is four times taller than the Empire State-climbing original, a stellar cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Samuel L Jackson undoubtedly pulled in viewers. In several markets including France, the monster flick was able to overtake the American superhero thriller, Logan.  Kong is expected to have a strong showing in other countries like Germany, Italy, the UK, Brazil and Australia.

Favorable Feedback Early On

The trailer alone shows that the film has many things going for it. It is heart-pounding with a dash of humor and is packed with adventure. Months before the film’s opening, cast members like Samuel Jackson have taken to Twitter to give a sneak peek of the film.  Along with a snap of his character in a forest-like setting near a burning pile, he tweeted, “This Means War!”

Social media was abuzz with positive comments about the creature feature touted among the must-see films in March 2017.  Movie buffs tweeted favorable feedback like “Skull Island is awesome. Great Kong, great monsters, great John C. Reilly” and “Kong: Skull Island is a visual buffet, a feast of visuals and amazing movie cinema. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

The new flick is basically about how human explorers – specifically a team for a resource-stripping mission — steps into the primordial mystical home of King Kong where other creatures also roam. Viewers are transported to a strange land mass called ‘Skull Island’ just discovered by a US spy satellite.

The film shows that merely unveiling an enormous primate is not all that can create excitement, even if it joins the eye-riveting spectacle of different creatures crushing or throwing each other.  At the directorial helm is Vogt-Roberts, who makes his mark with such a “characterful” flick that gets avid monster movie buffs’ imprimatur.

Apart from Room actress Brie Larson and Thor: Ragnarok star Tom Hiddleston,  senior actors like Samuel Jackson as Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard and John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow (the eccentric lieutenant who spent over two decades stranded on Skull Island since World War II) deliver fine performances. The Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. movie opens in China on March 24 and in Japan on March 25.


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