"In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer films his next project aboard an ocean vessel en route to Skull Island, an uncharted island he discovered on a rare map, telling the cast and crew they're traveling to Singapore. At the island, they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading actress Ann Darrow."
Filming for King Kong took place in New Zealand from September 2004 to March 2005. The project's budget climbed from an initial $150 million to a then-record-breaking $207 million. It was released on December 14, 2005 in Germany and on December 16 in the United States, and made an opening of $50.1 million. While it performed lower than expected, King Kong made domestic and worldwide grosses that eventually added up to $550 million, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film in Universal Pictures history. It also generated $100 million in DVD sales upon its home video release.The film garnered positive reviews from critics and appeared on several top ten lists for 2005. It was praised for its special effects, performances, sense of spectacle and comparison to the 1933 original