‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is now available to buy on VOD streaming services – here’s how to watch the epic showdown at home

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong premiered on March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • This is the fourth entry in the “MonsterVerse” franchise featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
  • The movie left HBO Max on May 1, but you can buy it from VOD services like Prime Video for $30.

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King Kong and Godzilla have both seen their fair share of epic battles on the big screen. And while it’s not the first time the two have fought, their 2021 clash in “Godzilla vs. Kong” is the biggest yet.

The film is now available to stream through video on demand (VOD) retailers like Prime Video and Vudu. The movie left HBO Max on May 1, and it’s not clear when it will return.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” showcases the two monsters in battle with action-packed visuals far beyond those found in their first big-screen matchup in 1963. The film, according to HBO Max, depicts the giant ape looking to “find his true home.” Meanwhile, Godzilla is on a rampage and his anger leads to a battle between the two legendary titans. “Godzilla vs. Kong” stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kaylee Hottle.

How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

“Godzilla vs. Kong” premiered in US theaters and on HBO Max on March 31. The film left HBO Max on May 1, but you can buy it now through a number of VOD streaming retailers for $30.

These VOD retailers include Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Google Play, Microsoft, and Fandango Now. It’s possible the movie could be added back to HBO Max in the future but no date has been announced.

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VOD retailers will let you stream “Godzilla vs. Kong” through a number of media players, web browsers, iOS and Android devices, and smart TVs. The film is also available in a number of formats, such as 4K with HDR, high definition (HD), and standard definition (SD). The movie supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on select devices.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” will be released on Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray on June 15. A digital rental option will likely be added in the coming months as well.

What other Warner Bros. movies are coming to HBO Max?

Aside from “Godzilla vs. Kong,” other movies set for day-and-date releases on HBO Max and in theaters include “Space Jam: A New Legacy” on July 16, “In The Heights” on June 18, and “The Suicide Squad” on August 6. You can check out the full list of Warner Bros. film releases heading to HBO Max in 2021 here.

HBO Max costs $15 a month. A $10 a month ad-supported plan will arrive in June, but this plan will not give you access to Warner Bros. movies still playing in theaters. Cable subscribers who pay for HBO can get HBO Max for free as part of their existing plan, although there are some limitations.

For detailed impressions, check out our full HBO Max review here.

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ was a hit at the box office and on HBO Max, and it shows why the post-pandemic terms between studios and theaters are far from settled

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  • Experts say “Godzilla vs. Kong’s” pandemic-best opening shows promise for theaters, but urge caution.
  • The movie was also a hit on HBO Max, but WB plans to abandon day-and-date releases after this year.
  • Still, a studio exec said WB is in talks with exhibitors to shorten the theatrical window.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

After more than a year, the US theatrical industry finally had some good news.

“Godzilla vs. Kong,” the new monster battle royale from Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “MonsterVerse,” earned $48.5 million at the domestic box office in its first five days, and $32.2 million over the three-day Easter weekend – a pandemic-best opening. It’s so far made more than $285 million worldwide (it cost $200 million to produce).

It’s more impressive considering the movie, like all of Warner Bros.’ movies this year, also debuted on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max on the same day it arrived in theaters.

Does that suggest that moviegoers will still see films in cinemas whether they’re streaming or not?

“Many audiences actively seek out the big screen, big sound, and shared experience [of movie theaters],” Jeff Goldstein, the Warner Bros. president of domestic theatrical distribution, told Insider. “With the right properties, theatrical exhibition can significantly ignite a cultural moment and increases the entire value chain.”

But while the numbers signal some hope for movie theaters that have been rocked by pandemic-related closures, experts caution that the industry isn’t out of the woods just yet.

“It’s difficult to determine anything concretely from just one film, especially after the year we’ve had,” said Jeff Bock, the Exhibitor Relations senior media analyst.

He added that theaters “just have to keep providing a safe and compelling environment for audiences, as ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ certainly shows folks are ready to return for the right film.”

“While the film experienced a huge increase in box-office performance relative to ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ we are still well below how films had performed pre-pandemic and concerns remain that a meaningful portion of moviegoers now prefer streaming at home,” said Joe McCormack, an analyst with the research firm Third Bridge.

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest movie-theater trade group, cautioned that while theaters in the US are heading in the right direction, markets in Canada, Europe, and Latin America are still struggling.

“We are a national and a global industry, and we need many of those markets to recover to ensure the biggest box-office potential for global hits,” a NATO spokesperson told Insider in a statement.

While theaters still have a long road to recovery, the movie does suggest that theatrical and streaming distribution strategies can coexist.

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Theatrical windows may never be the same

“Godzilla vs. Kong” wasn’t just a box-office hit. HBO Max said that the movie had the largest audience in its first four days of any title since the service launched last May.

In response to “Godzilla vs. Kong’s” performance, some analysts praised WarnerMedia’s day-and-date release strategy, which received backlash from Hollywood after it was announced in December.

Lightshed Partners’ Rich Greenfield noted on Twitter that Max was the No. 1 app in the Apple app store on Sunday and said “the future is day and date releases.” B. Riley Securities analyst Eric Wold upgraded his stance on shares of AMC Theatres, the world’s largest theater chain, from “neutral” to “buy.”

Warner Bros.’ strategy reflects a big shift in film distribution amid the pandemic.

But NATO, the theater trade group, isn’t convinced it will have lasting consequences.

“Exhibitors are, of course, concerned about meaningful changes to release models, including the length of the exclusive theatrical window,” the NATO spokesperson said. “It is important to understand that pandemic release models, driven in part by the studios’ need for revenue right now, may bear little resemblance to what comes after, when the theatrical market can operate at full capacity. A large piece of the studio movie output simply does not make sense – or profit – without a robust theatrical performance.”

Still, there are already signs that the traditional theatrical window, typically 75 to 90 days before the pandemic, could be a thing of the past. Warner Bros. isn’t the only movie studio to embrace streaming during the pandemic and it could have lasting ramifications for movie theaters.

Major studios like Warner Bros., Universal, and Paramount have struck deals with exhibitors to dramatically shorten the window beyond 2021. That doesn’t mean day-and-date releases like what Warner Bros. is doing now, but it does mean movies could wind up on streaming or digital-rental platforms earlier than ever before.

Warner Bros., for instance, struck a deal with Cineworld (which owns Regal Cinemas) to shrink the window to 45 days beginning in 2022. Goldstein, the studio’s head of domestic theatrical distribution, told Insider that Warner Bros. is in talks with other exhibitors for similar deals.

He suggested that the day-and-date model is for 2021 only, which Warner Bros. had previously stressed.

“Our day-and-date strategy was right for us given the hobbled marketplace at this point in time,” Goldstein said. “Our plan for 2022 makes sense for that period of time.”

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ earned $48 million at the US box office over the weekend, the best opening during the pandemic

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“Godzilla vs. Kong”

  • “Godzilla vs. Kong” earned $48.5 million in its five-day opening weekend at the US box office.
  • It’s the best opening yet for a movie at the domestic box office during the year-long pandemic.
  • It signals hope for movie theaters, though the industry still has a long road to recovery.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” beat the odds over the weekend at the box office.

The new monster movie from Warner Bros. earned $48.5 million at the US box office in its first five days (it opened in theaters on Wednesday), and $32.2 million over the three-day Easter weekend from 3,064 theaters.

It’s the best domestic opening yet for a movie during the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated the theatrical industry over the past year. The movie grossed $121 million during its international opening last month, which was also a pandemic-best. Its global total is now $285 million.

The movie’s predecessor, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” earned $47.8 million domestically over its first three-day weekend in 2019. It went on to earn $110.5 million domestically and $386 million worldwide.

It’s more impressive considering that “Godzilla vs. Kong” debuted on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max for no additional fee to subscribers on the same day it hit theaters in the US, as are all of Warner Bros.’ movies this year.

Theaters across the country are also operating at limited capacity, including in New York City, one of the biggest theatrical markets in the US that finally opened last month after a year of being shut down.

While the numbers would normally be underwhelming for a blockbuster that cost $200 million to produce, “Godzilla vs. Kong’s” strong start signals hope for movie theaters – though they still have a long road to full recovery.

The last pandemic-best domestic opening was Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman 1984” in December with $16.7 million. The movie also debuted on HBO Max simultaneously with theaters. While it would ultimately slow at the box office with a $45 million domestic total (and $165 million worldwide), data showed that it boosted HBO Max signups.

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How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ – the epic showdown is now playing on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.

godzilla v kong
  • Godzilla vs. Kong premiered on March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • This is the fourth entry in the “MonsterVerse” franchise featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
  • The movie will be available to stream on HBO Max ($15/month) through April 30.

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King Kong and Godzilla have both seen their fair share of epic battles on the big screen. And while it won’t be the first time the two have fought, their 2021 clash in “Godzilla vs. Kong” promises to be the biggest yet.

The movie hit theaters and HBO Max on March 31. HBO Max subscriptions cost $15 a month. The film will only be available to stream through April 30.

Godzilla vs. Kong” showcases the two monsters in battle with action-packed visuals far beyond those found in their first big-screen matchup in 1963. The film, according to HBO Max, depicts the giant ape looking to “find his true home.” Meanwhile, Godzilla is on a rampage and his anger leads to a battle between the two legendary titans. “Godzilla vs. Kong” stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kaylee Hottle.

The movie is the latest in a string of Warner Bros. films releasing on HBO Max on the same day they debut in theaters. If you want to check out these two classic movie giants as they wage war against each other, here’s how you can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” at home before it’s gone.

How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ on HBO Max

Godzilla vs. Kong” premiered in US theaters and on HBO Max on March 31. To watch the film at home, you’ll need an HBO Max subscription for $15 a month.

The movie is the latest Warner Bros. film to be released on HBO Max at the same time it hits theaters. The film is only available on the streaming service for 31 days. This means that “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be removed from HBO Max on May 1. It’s possible the film could be added back in the future but no date has been announced.

Though HBO Max no longer offers a free trial through its website, Hulu subscribers can get a seven-day trial of HBO Max by signing up for Hulu’s HBO Max add-on. However, the trial won’t work if you’ve signed up for HBO before.

You can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” on HBO Max through several media devices including Amazon Fire TV, Android products, iOS devices, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Samsung smart TVs, and Roku.

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If you’d prefer to catch “Godzilla vs. Kong” on the big screen, the movie will play at a number of Regal cinema locations starting April 2 as part of Cineworld’s reopening plan. Other regions outside of the US are already screening the movie exclusively in theaters.

Can I watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ in 4K and HDR?

“Godzilla vs. Kong” supports 4K Ultra HD and HDR on HBO Max. In fact, all of Warner’s in-theater movie premieres on HBO Max are set to support 4K and HDR, according to an announcement from WarnerMedia in December 2020.

In addition to standard HDR10 support, the film also supports the advanced Dolby Vision HDR format and the Dolby Atmos audio format.

Before you start the movie, you should check to see if your device is compatible with advanced video or audio formats. Here’s a rundown of which devices support 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos playback through HBO Max.

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How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ when the epic showdown debuts on HBO Max and in theaters on March 31

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.

godzilla v kong
  • Godzilla vs. Kong premieres on March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • This is the fourth movie in the ‘MonsterVerse’ franchise featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
  • You can watch the movie for a limited time on HBO Max ($15/month) from March 31 through April 30.

Max (small)

King Kong and Godzilla have both seen their fair share of epic battles on the big screen. And while it won’t be the first time the two have fought, their 2021 clash in “Godzilla vs. Kong” promises to be the biggest yet.

The movie will hit theaters and HBO Max on March 31. HBO Max subscriptions cost $15 a month.

Godzilla vs. Kong” will showcase the two monsters in battle with action-packed visuals far beyond those found in their first big-screen matchup in 1963. The film, according to HBO Max, will see the giant ape looking to “find his true home.” Meanwhile, Godzilla is on a rampage and his anger leads to a battle between the two legendary titans. “Godzilla vs. Kong” stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kaylee Hottle.

The movie is the latest in a string of Warner Bros. films releasing on HBO Max on the same day they debut in theaters. If you want to check out these two classic movie giants as they wage war against each other, here’s how you can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” starting March 31.

How to watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ on HBO Max

Godzilla vs. Kong” will premiere in US theaters and on HBO Max on March 31. To watch the film at home, you’ll need an HBO Max subscription for $15 a month.

The movie is the latest Warner Bros. film set for release on HBO Max at the same time it hits theaters. The film will only be available on the streaming service for 31 days. This means that “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be removed from HBO Max on May 1. It’s possible the film could be added back in the future but no date has been announced.

You can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” on HBO Max through several media devices including Amazon Fire TV, Android products, iOS devices, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Samsung smart TVs, and Roku.

Max (small)

If you’d prefer to catch “Godzilla vs. Kong” on the big screen, the movie will play at a number of Regal cinema locations starting April 2 as part of Cineworld’s reopening plan. Other regions outside of the US are already screening the movie exclusively in theaters.

Can I watch ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ in 4K and HDR?

“Godzilla vs. Kong” will support 4K Ultra HD and HDR when it debuts on HBO Max. In fact, all of Warner’s in-theater movie premieres on HBO Max are set to support 4K and HDR, according to an announcement from WarnerMedia in December 2020.

In addition to standard HDR10 support, the movie will also support the advanced Dolby Vision HDR format and the Dolby Atmos audio format.

Before you start the movie, you should check to see if your device is compatible with advanced video or audio formats. Here’s a rundown of which devices support 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos playback through HBO Max.

Read the original article on Business Insider