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Shin Godzilla Earns 6 Billion Yen in 38 Days

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film sells 4,129,595 tickets, is now highest-earning Japanese live-action film in 2016 so far

TOHO revealed on Monday that, as of Sunday, September 4, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film has earned 6,017,239,800 yen (about US$58.18 million) in the 38 days since its July 29 opening in Japan. The film has sold 4,129,595 tickets, which now surpasses the tickets sold for Anno's previous film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The film had recently surpassed the earnings of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.

Shin Godzilla has now overtaken the live-action Nobunaga Concerto film's 4.61 billion yen (about US$44.58 million) gross to become the highest earning Japanese live-action film of 2016 so far.

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, and #3 in its fifth week.

Funimation will screen the film with English subtitles in 440 theaters in the U.S. and Canada on October 11-18. The company describes the film:

It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side—the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.

Shin Godzilla represents the latest in TOHO's film series after a 12-year absence since 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars.

Source: Cinema Today

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