The numbers agree: Godzilla may have topped the box office, but Million Dollar Arm was the real winner of the weekend.
Yes, Godzilla finished in a clear-cut first with $93 million. Yes, it outpaced its closest competition by nearly $70 million. Yes, it’s a monster opening for a monster film in a monstrously crowded summer.
BUT … Million Dollar Arm made $10 million, outpacing the goal set for it in its title ten times over. And on top of that, it still has several weeks to earn even more money. Godzilla certainly cannot make a claim like that.
We box office nerds love weekends like this because while every mainstream outlet will report that Godzilla is a smash hit and Million Dollar Arm is a flop, we are bringing you the real scoop about the story behind the story.
And that, my friends, is the story.