Japan Box Office: ‘Shin Godzilla’ Roars to Second Weekend Win

Japan Box Office: 'Shin Godzilla' Roars
Courtesy of Toho

Shin Godzilla,” Toho’s reboot of its iconic monster franchise, roared to its weekend win at the Japanese box office. It is now projected to finish its run far north of the distributor’s initially forecast $40 million.

Reviews from critics have mostly been raves, while fans have been filing into theaters multiple times to pick up the nuances of the dialog-heavy storyline.

The highest ranking new entry to the top ten, at number four for the August 6-7 weekend, was the Toei SF/fantasy double bill “Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie: The 100 Eyecons and Ghost’s Fateful Moment” and “Animal Sentai Zuohger the Movie: Heart-throbbing Circus Panic!” Bowing on 304 screens nationwide, the two kid-targeted live-action films earned $2.5 million. That is nearly 30% more than Toei’s double bill featuring the Kamen Rider franchise last year, and the films are projected to end their run above the JPY1.0 billion ($9.8 million) milestone.

Opening at number five was “Rudolph the Black Cat,” Toho 3-D CG animation about a Countryside cat in downtown Tokyo. Released on 346 screens, the film grossed $2.1 million.

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  1. Paully says:

    So is the Godzilla movie directed by Hideaki Anno.. Creator of Evangelion ? Does Variety even know or care?

    • This is a box office report. They generally don’t list creators or cast in box office reports, just studios and producers. Don’t assume your pet concerns apply to everyone.

      • No, he was making an accusation. The first sentence was rhetorical. The second was a snotty accusation based on his ignorance of how trade publications work. Yes, I know Trump is running for President, but words and sentences still mean what they say.

      • SonnyCrockett says:

        Relahhhhhhhx Scotty…..he was just askin’ a question and slide down easy of that high-horse….

    • Paul Cwiakala says:

      Yes, the movie is directed by the same Hideaki Anno who directed Evangelion. Anno took a break from working on the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series to direct this movie.

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