Shin Godzilla Film Earns 5.3 Billion Yen, Surpasses Evangelion 3.0's Gross
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Anime production Studio Khara posted on its official Twitter account on Monday that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla (known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Southeast Asia and other distribution territories) film has earned 5.3 billion yen (about US$51.63 million), and has surpassed the earnings of Anno's previous film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, which earned 5,267,373,350 yen total.
As of Shin Godzilla's first weekend, it had been tracking 55.2% lower than Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Shin Godzilla has now sold 3.6 million tickets, which Khara mentioned is lower than Evangelion: 3.0's ticket sales, but noted that it is very close to surpassing it. Evangelion: 3.0 had sold 3,826,472 tickets.
Anno helmed Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo at Khara, and Higuchi also worked on the film as a storyboarder, designer, and image board artist. Anno directed the original Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, and Higuchi was also involved in its production as a storyboarder and scriptwriter.
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). The film topped the Japanese box office for two straight weeks, but fell to #2 in its third week.
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.
[Via Hachima Kikō]