Warner Bros.' "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" won the domestic weekend box office with an estimated $49 million, knocking Disney's "Aladdin" from the top spot.

However, it performed below expectations and was a softer opening than 2014's "Godzilla" ($93.1 million) and WB's fellow "MonsterVerse" release "Kong: Skull Island" ($61 million).

"King of the Monsters" also was part of a crowded new release slate this weekend, with "Rocketman" opening with a healthy $25 million opening and the $5 million-budgeted Blumhouse release "Ma" earning $18.3 million.

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Warner Bros. needed a giant monster to vanquish Disney.

Its "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" knocked off "Aladdin" from the top of the domestic box office over the weekend by bringing in an estimated $49 million.

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