Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla has opened in China to record numbers, and it looks set to do the same when it finally opens in Japan on July 25th.
“Godzilla” opened to monster numbers at the China box office on Friday with $10.9 million for the biggest opening day of 2014.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ reboot of the classic franchise outgrossed this year’s previous opening-day champs, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and is expected to finish No. 1 in the region.
Godzilla continued its domination of the China box office on Saturday with a flash estimate of $14.8M from approximately 9,000 screens. The No. 1 film in the market this weekend gave Warner Bros its biggest ever Saturday (and 2nd day) results in the territory. After bowing to $10.9M on Friday, the Warner/Legendary film now has a local cume of $25.8M, according to the studio. The international total as of today is an estimated $237.4M.
You can read Dr Lenera’s superb review of Godzilla here.
Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick- Ass”), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).
Edwards directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein and Oscar ® nominee Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption”), story by David Callaham and Max Borenstein, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia are serving as executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Anna Karenina,” “Atonement”); production designerOwen Paterson (“The Matrix” trilogy); editor Bob Ducsay (“Looper”); Oscar-nominated costume designer Sharen Davis (“Dreamgirls,” “Ray,” “Django Unchained”); and Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel (the “Lord of the Rings” films). The score is being created by Oscar®-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (“Argo,” “The King’s Speech”).
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a Legendary Pictures production, a Gareth Edwards film, “Godzilla.” The film was released in 3D, 2D and IMAX® in select theatres on May 16th and was distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.