Box office estimates are coming in from Godzilla's Japan opening and it is number one. The film’s international take is now just shy of $300M with worldwide about to cross $500M. It not only is number one this weekend but had one of the biggest openings of the year there. While it's near $7 million take my seem low for the Japanese market it is actual quite good (it opened in just over 400 screen compared to 3000 plus in the US). Below is part of Deadline's International Box Office Report.
A different kind of creature feature, Warner Bros‘ Godzilla, finally hightailed it to his last territory – the old familiar stomping ground of Japan. The film, which is released locally by Toho, was No. 1 with a projected three-day gross of $6.95M on 481K admissions from 427 screens. Warner says that when comparing Saturday/Sunday figures, the results are on par with Transformers 3 and more than double the numbers for Pacific Rim.
While official number aren't normally released till Monday or Tuesday for the weekend box office in Japan Variety reports Godzilla looks like it will be number one in the box office but states there is some mixed reaction. Theaters weren't full (possible the weather had something to do with it) movie goers had mixed feelings. The Japan movie box office is a little different then other countries so we will wait for the full weekend numbers before passing judgement just yet but Toho still must be satisfied enough to allow Legendary to use other Toho monsters. Check out the full Variety article here.
A tweet on Legendary's official Twitter page has confirmed that Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah will be featured in the sequels.
It is not confirmed if they will be in one or both sequels that have been previously announced.
Also another tweet confirmed (and was also announced at SDCC below) that Gareth Edwards will direct the next installment as well.
"We get to make another one! But first I need a break from the pressure of working on a major franchise, so I'm here in San Francisco doing a little scifi film (a Star Wars one)." Yes, Edwards will be back to direct Godzilla 2, he confirmed.
Next came a bit of teaser footage showing warfare and "A secret remains hidden. There are OTHERS." A flying monster - yup, it's MOTHRA confrimed for the sequel. GHIDORAH confirmed for the sequel. "Conflict inevitable... Let. Them. Fight."
"Now we have more monsters to play with and we're excited about," Tull said, "Thank you Comic-Con, it all started here and we can't wait to show you more."
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have revealed that their big screen reboot of Godzilla will be stomping into stores on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital on September 16. The Godzilla Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Standard Definition DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:
MONARCH: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
Operation: Lucky Dragon
MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
The Godzilla Revelation
The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
Godzilla: Force of Nature
A Whole New Level Of Destruction
Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s
We don't have many details but we understand this may be an Amazon exclusive, includes the awesome figure, and will be released in December. More info as we get it.
Later this week, a new giant Godzilla statue will be officially unveiled in Tokyo. Here is a look at the actual statue as it's going up.
Box Office Mojo feature a list of the highest grossing monster or "creature" movies and Legendary's Godzilla 2014 was fourth on the list for domestic gross, the films ahead of Godzilla were Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and King Kong ('05).
Godzilla had by far the best opening but may have had a shorter run since the movie box office has changed in recent years. Godzilla was $30 million and $20 million behind the second and third place films so it wasn't far off from them.
The comparison is probably slightly off also due to differences in movie prices and again different box office runs. Sony's Godzilla placed 7th and Pacific Rim 9th.
Go to Box Office Mojo here for the complete list.