Beasts are fighting it out to win the honors at the box-office with the monster “Kong” on top of the list followed by Wolverine of “Logan” fame at the second spot as far as the weekend earnings are concerned. Fox News reports that “Kong: Skull Island” brought in $61 million in its first weekend in theaters and it surpassed all expectations.

“Logan” is into its second week and, in contrast, managed to bring in $37.9 million – this is down by nearly 58 percent as compared to its first weekend earnings. It's total earning so far is $152.7 million. Hugh Jackman plays the role of Wolverine, the X-Men character, in the movie and it appears that the audience prefers a “Kong”-like a monster rather than Wolverine.

Kong, the monster, on a roll

Kong: Skull Island” is a movie by Warner Bros. and Legendary's and has stars like Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. “Godzilla” was the first movie in the planned "monster universe" series and its gross collection was $529.1 million worldwide in 2014. “Kong: Skull Island” is second in the series and appears to be on a roll with a collection of an estimated $61 million. This is expected to increase once the actual figures come in.

This monster movie took nearly $185 million to produce, and its profits would depend on, to a large extent, on its international earnings. However, as far as the indications go, this movie is on its way to set some records.

It needs to earn at least half a billion dollars worldwide to label it as a certifiable hit. In the words of Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.' head of domestic distribution, the earnings so far have gone beyond expectations because of its appeal to the younger audiences and the trend is expected to continue.

Others in the top five bracket

After the Kong and Wolverine movies are "Get Out" at 3rd place – it is a horror film directed by Jordan Peele. The faith-based movie "The Shack" is at 4th position followed by "The Lego Batman Movie" at 5th place. Movie fans are now waiting for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" which would be on the list next week – it could be in the $100 million bracket.

The strong weekend earnings of the top five hold promises of a bright future ahead.