‘Godzilla’ Winning Weekend Box Office in Japan

Godzilla Japanese poster

TOKYO – “Godzilla,” Gareth Edwards’ Hollywood retelling of the classic Japanese monster tale, appears on course to top the box office in Japan.

Japanese entertainment press typically reports weekend B.O. rankings on Monday and nationwide data only on Tuesday. But industry insiders posting on the popular 2-channel message board suggest that “Godzilla” should win its opening frame in its last major world territory to release. 

Released in four different versions (2D sub-titled and dubbed, 3D subbed and dubbed) on 773 screens on Friday by local exhibition/distribution powerhouse Toho, the picture topped rankings at both online ticket sales sites and Tokyo area multiplexes.

According to one unofficial source, “Godzilla” sold a total of 70,009 tickets on Saturday, compared with 35,309 for second place “Maleficent” and 28,605 for third-place “The Eight Rangers 2,” the sequel to a hit 2012 superhero picture.

But posters on both Twitter and 2-channel also reported many empty seats at “Godzilla” screenings, with the blazing hot weather in much of Japan given as one reason.

Local predictions of the pic’s weekend take vary, but hover around the $5 million mark. Warner Bros, which co-financed the film with Legendary Pictures, and which handles the release in most other territories, is expected to release studio estimates on Sunday evening PST.

Online reviews in Japan have been mixed, with some complimenting Edwards for his faithfulness to the Japanese original, while others complain about the title star’s lack of on-screen time.

At a press event at ComiCon Legendary this weekend announced that Edwards would direct a sequel for release in 2017.

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  1. Merchant Mmo says:

    I still cant bear to watch this yet because the old rubber suit godzilla 50 years back was so fake it traumatized me with its uglyness :(

  2. Mentallect says:

    Godzilla was a great movie, but to actually show more of Godzilla would have skyrocketed the price of the movie or lead to some very lame filler scenes. The movie was a solid B.

  3. The Japanese for “Godzilla boring” was trending on Twitter over the weekend…

  4. Markus says:

    Well, if I expected Godzilla to turn up someday, I would also want to see what it may actually look like and go watch the movie.

  5. Christine says:

    It’s interesting that they evaluate this market by tickets sold vs. box office revue the way they do here in the US. Also, when it is hot, traditionally, people would go to the movie theater more often for the a/c. I guess since a/c is more common now than in the past that’s changed? The screen time issue isn’t any different than the rest of the world. I don’t know why they made the audiences in Japan wait so long in the first place. But they did keep to Toho Tradition, FINALLY, I was glad for that as well.

  6. LOL says:

    Yes, it was nice of Godzilla to make a cameo appearance in his own movie.

    • wildicon says:

      This is a classic, comedic reference to Godzilla making a cameo in his own movie, it made me laugh! However Godzilla has had more screen compared to traditional Toho movies! I would of loved to have seen more of Godzilla though!

    • Rod Hammack says:

      Godzilla had as much, if not more, screen time than the Toho productions. In many of those, most of his screen time was stock footage from prior films. Kind of hypocritical for them to complain.

  7. LANDO'S SON says:

    Thank you Toho for letting the U.S.A. have a another chance at bringing one of Japan’s most iconic characters back to Hollywood,and thank you Legendary Pictures,Thomas Tull and Gareth Edwards for FINALLY getting it right,as for Godzilla 2 all I can say is…BRING IT ON!!

  8. barbara says:

    WOW.It was a great movie.I was enjoying every second of movie.

  9. pahala says:

    OMG.This is awesom.One must watch this movie.

  10. clt says:

    I can hardly wait to read Japan’s response to the film and get movie goer numbers. They had massive displays, have been playing all 28 film leading up to this release, etc. It’s a great time to be a Godzilla fan, and I wish I were in Japan this weekend.

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