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‘Godzilla’ Towers Over Box Office to Give Legendary No. 1 Film

“Godzilla,” a new take on the 1950s Japanese monster classic, opened at No. 1 in domestic theaters this past weekend, surpassing forecasts with $93.2 million for Thomas Tull’s Legendary Entertainment LLC and partner Warner Bros.

The movie, which features “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, easily beat the $76 million estimate of Box Office Guru, another researcher, forecast $68 million. “Godzilla” ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada lapped the competition, with returning movie “Neighbors” garnering $26 million to place second for Universal Pictures, according to an e-mailed statement yesterday from Rentrak Corp.