The film debuted to an estimated $6.9 million across 773 screens. The opening is on a par with “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which grossed $54.2 million in Japan, and more than double that of “Pacific Rim,” which went on to make $14.5 million in the country.
It was a home-coming for the scaly beast. The Legendary Entertainment release was distributed by Toho in Japan, the company behind the original Godzilla movie. The distributor and exhibitor is enjoying the strongest year in its history, putting up a record first half box office of $365 million.
Warner Bros. handled the international rollout for the other territories. So far, “Godzilla” has earned $498.3 million worldwide.
There’s more global destruction to come. At Comic-Con this week, Legendary revealed that Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah will be featured in the next king of the monsters sequel. The next “Godzilla” hits theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.