Shin Godzilla Earns 3.3 Billion Yen to Surpass 2014 Godzilla's Japanese Box Office Total
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
As of Sunday, the new Shin Godzilla film has earned 3,382,975,500 yen (about US$33.68 million). The film has surpassed the 3.2-billion-yen (about US$31.17-million) Japanese box office gross of Legendary Pictures' 2014 Godzilla film. The newer film (known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Southeast Asia and other distribution territories) has sold a total of 2,308,427 tickets. It is now projected to earn upwards of 5 billion yen (about US$49.78 million). The film has surpassed the 1.26 billion yen (about US$12.27 million) earnings and 1.04 million tickets of Godzilla: Final Wars as of its second week.
The film opened on 441 screens in its opening weekend on July 29, having sold 412,302 tickets for 624,610,700 yen (about US$6.08 million). It topped the Japanese box office for two straight weeks, but fell to #2 in its third week.
Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise) and Shinji Higuchi (live-action Attack on Titan) directed Shin Godzilla, and Funimation plans to release the film in theaters in late 2016.
Toho's live-action Godzilla franchise of 29 films has sold over 100 million tickets in Japan, a first for a Japanese live-action film franchise. Toho released the first film in the franchise in 1954, and that film sold 9.61 million tickets. The third film in the franchise, the 1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla, sold 12.55 million tickets, the highest in the series. Shin Godzilla represents the latest in Toho's film series after a 12 year absence since 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars.