Shin Godzilla Extends Run in N. American Theaters Until October 27

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200 theaters to run matinee screening on Saturday, with some offering daily screenings

Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will extend its limited North American screenings of Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film. The film will have matinee screenings in over 200 theaters in the United States and Canada on Saturday, October 22. Some theater chains will also offer daily screenings of the film until October 27. Funimation is listing which theaters will screen the matinee and the daily screenings on its website.

Funimation hosted two premieres for the film in Los Angeles on October 3 and in New York on October 5. The film began a wider screening run from October 11 to Wednesday, October 18 in over 440 theaters in the United States. The film opened in Canadian theaters on October 12, and will also screen on Thursday, October 19 and October 24.

The film earned US$455,036 over the October 14-16 weekend, with a per-screen average of US$13,383. It now has a total of US$1,501,390 at the U.S. box office.

Funimation describes the story:

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. The film opened in Japan on July 29, and has earned more than 7.7 billion yen (about US$74.18 million) and sold more than 4.1 million tickets. The film has surpassed the earnings and ticket sales of director Hideaki Anno's previous film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Co-directing with the Evangelion creator was Shinji Higuchi, Anno's frequent collaborator and the director of the live-action Attack on Titan films.

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