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May 19th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

'Godzilla' gives U.S. military starring role

(CNN) – Gobbling up an estimated $93.2 million dollars in ticket sales, "Godzilla" was a towering No. 1 at the box office this weekend.

But the giant lizard wasn't the only star of this blockbuster. Some might say the United States military was cast as the real hero.

The Pentagon provided filmmakers access to several naval aircraft carriers, along with expert guidance to make sure that what audiences saw on the big screen, actually matched up with reality, according to The Washington Post.

The U.S. military has long had a symbiotic relationship with Hollywood. In many films, the Pentagon offers its expertise, equipment, and locations in exchange for some oversight of its big-screen portrayal.

Turns out America's favorite blockbuster hero is, well, America.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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