Made for just $25 million, the low-budgeted thriller movie "" got a monstrous start at the North American box office, according to preliminary figures Sunday. Pulling in $40 million, the J.J. Abrams produced-movie debuted at the top spot on the three-days box office ended on Sunday, January 20.
Almost doubling the counts of this week box office runner-up, the film about a giant lizard's attack on Manhattan has broken two January records. In the first place, it has surpassed the January record of $35.9 million held by "Star Wars: Special Edition" since 1997. Then, although the current tally has not included the four-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend tally, it has already broken the four-day
Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend record set in 2002 by "Black Hawk Down" that earned as much as $33.6 million.