GODZILLA MINUS ONE Surpasses Initial Projections For Record-Breaking $11 Million North American Debut

GODZILLA MINUS ONE Surpasses Initial Projections For Record-Breaking $11 Million North American Debut GODZILLA MINUS ONE Surpasses Initial Projections For Record-Breaking $11 Million North American Debut

The 37th film in the Godzilla franchise continues to score big at the box office as the film broke records in its North American theatrical debut this past weekend.

By MarkJulian - Dec 04, 2023 11:12 PM EST
Filed Under: Godzilla
Source: SFFGazette.com

Godzilla Minus One is once again breaking box office records, but this time in North America, following its release in Japan.

The picture grossed $11 million in North American theaters this past weekend, giving it the largest North American debut for a live-action Japanese film.

Of course, there are numerous anime films that have grossed more than this, but Minus One has already made $23 million in Japan. The film's relatively modest production budget of $15 million has led to a current worldwide gross of $34.5 million worldwide and counting.

Minus One debuted at #3 in the domestic box office weekend rankings, trailing only Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. You can see the full weekend results below.


Last month, Gareth Edwards, director of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla (2014) praised Minus One during Japan's Godzilla Fest 2023. He even went so far as to say that Minus One might be the best Godzilla film to date.

"There were a lot of things that I felt were very new for Godzilla [in Godzilla Minus One], and I felt jealous the whole time I was watching the movie. This is what a Godzilla movie should be...[Godzilla Minus One] must be mentioned as a candidate for the best Godzilla movie of all time."

That's high praise given the fact that Edwards' 2014 film kicked off Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse is looked upon very favorably by North American kaiju fans.

Godzilla Minus One is directed and written by Takashi Yamazaki (Lupin III The First, Dragon Quest: Your Story). It stars Ryunosuke Kamiki as Kōichi Shikishima, Minami Hamabe as Noriko Ōishi, Yuki Yamada as Shirō Mizushima, Munetaka Aoki as Sōsaku Tachibana, and Hidetaka Yoshioka as Kenji Noda.

In a previous interview, Yamazaki revealed that he was partially motivated by Shin Godzilla to tackle the newest take on kaiju king.

"I had been approached several times but turned it down until my team’s technology was capable of expressing the Godzilla I had envisioned. After seeing Shin Godzilla, my motivation increased, and my technology evolved considerably. I was once again formally approached and decided to give it a try."

The official synopsis for the film reads, "In the final days of World War II, a small group of Japanese soldiers encounter a dinosaur-like creature on a remote island and are massacred—leaving only two survivors. Two years later, the creature, now many times its original size and capable of shooting thermonuclear breath, appears and begins attacking ships off the coast of Japan—moving ever closer to the still-devastated, post-war Japanese mainland."

Godzilla Minus One started its limited theatrical run in North America on December 1. Special fan showings will be available on November 29.

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KaptainKhaos - 12/4/2023, 11:12 PM
Cool, now if they're smart they will open it up for a wider release because

A: This can easily make a Billy

B: I don't want to travel Five Hours to see it
TheLobster - 12/5/2023, 12:11 AM
@KaptainKhaos - this can’t easily make a billion dude lol what

I saw it yesterday and dug it - hope they expand it too!
MosquitoFarmer - 12/4/2023, 11:12 PM
Godzilla minus one used to mean something more like this goofball.

marvel72 - 12/4/2023, 11:15 PM
$15 Million budget, well that was money well spent.

The Creator had a $90 Million budget and that movie looks great.

Take note Disney Marvel,DC and the other big budget movie studios.
Itwasme - 12/4/2023, 11:39 PM
@marvel72 - there is no way people would tolerate this level of vfx for a film like Endgame. The vfx were campy, but forgivable because of the story. At the end of the day, it was still a guy in a suit.
MG0019 - 12/4/2023, 11:53 PM
@Itwasme - What? Dude the fx were awesome. Look at the boat chase scene. The finale as well. Was not a guy in a suit. Nobody cares about “da grafics” if the story is good.
Waifuslayer - 12/5/2023, 12:32 AM
@Itwasme - tell me you didn't see the movie without actually telling me.
Itwasme - 12/5/2023, 12:34 AM
@MG0019 - everyone complains about the glasses and yes it was a guy in a suit and models for most of it. My friend runs their US office. I love the film, but people here complain about vfx nonstop, and there's no way they would put up with that for a big blockbuster.
Itwasme - 12/5/2023, 12:35 AM
@Waifuslayer - see my post above. My very close friend runs Toho US.

Don't kid yourself that it people would put up with that level of vfx. They just wouldn't.
Waifuslayer - 12/5/2023, 12:35 AM
@marvel72 - exactly. Hollywood should be ashamed of themselves after this movie, not just what it did with its budget but also it's characters and story.
RKSDooM - 12/5/2023, 1:07 AM
@Itwasme - There is not one single shot where Godzilla is a person in a suit, so maybe shut the [frick] up or acknowledge that you don't know what the [frick] you are talking about.
bkmeijer1 - 12/5/2023, 1:26 AM
@marvel72 - if Minus One had The Creator's budget, I bet it would've looked insanely good. I'll take more 90 million budget movies for sure
dragon316 - 12/5/2023, 5:31 AM
@marvel72 - doesn’t need comedy make it successful all marvel movies have
mountainman - 12/5/2023, 7:43 AM
@Itwasme - I can’t speak for everyone, but If prefer imperfect costumes, models or animatronics over shit CGI any day.

CGI has to be essentially seamless to work. I think the human brain can be a bit more forgiving when we are looking at something that is real vs digitally created.
marvel72 - 12/5/2023, 9:04 AM
@Itwasme - No they wouldn't but look at the effects in Ant-Man 3 and the money they spent on that.
marvel72 - 12/5/2023, 9:06 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Exactly, that's point but @Itwasme doesn't see what I was getting at.
Itwasme - 12/5/2023, 9:28 AM
@marvel72 - if your point is that a good story can overcome bad vfx then I'm right there with you. I am not one to complain of vfx though, but there are a lot of people who do and those people wouldn't stand for things like this in a blockbuster.
Waifuslayer - 12/5/2023, 12:32 PM
@Itwasme - yeah, and my dad works at Nintendo.

You're a tool. Go back to simping MCU box office numbers. We all know who you really are.
TheOtherOn - 12/5/2023, 1:33 PM
@marvel72 - "Take note Disney Marvel,DC and the other big budget movie studios."

Here's a SHOCKING news flash. Most of the big Hollywood studios "showing" all that ridiculous big budgets on the books for movies is one of the best and easiest way of money laundering. 😜😜
Itwasme - 12/5/2023, 2:58 PM
@Waifuslayer - how old are you?
Waifuslayer - 12/5/2023, 3:43 PM
@Itwasme - how blind are you? If you thought there was a man in a suit in this movie (that you clearly haven't seen) then you need to get your vision checked.
TheLight - 12/4/2023, 11:16 PM
Worth every cent and I thought that I would never say that again in this day and age.
AmySabadini - 12/4/2023, 11:21 PM
The fuss is featherweight. This is simply the best Godzilla film ever made.
McMurdo - 12/4/2023, 11:36 PM
@AmySabadini - this film makes the 2014 film feel like high art.
Waifuslayer - 12/5/2023, 12:31 AM
@AmySabadini - as a hardcore Godzilla fan, I don't think it's the best ever, but it's up there. I'm glad so many people are giving it a shot. I wish Shin had a longer run.
philinterrupted - 12/4/2023, 11:22 PM
This was a great Godzilla movie. Probably the best I’ve seen.
McMurdo - 12/4/2023, 11:34 PM
This was a truly bad movie. The reviews make zero sense.
bobevanz - 12/4/2023, 11:49 PM
@McMurdo - and you give no reasons why. I guess it's the attention span because that'd be the only thing imaginable
MG0019 - 12/4/2023, 11:55 PM
@bobevanz - reading is hard for some peeples.
bobevanz - 12/5/2023, 12:10 AM
@MG0019 - so is comprehension lol
Waifuslayer - 12/5/2023, 12:29 AM
@McMurdo - dude, take your Ritalin. It's a masterpiece of the genre. I've seen it twice already and will see it again before it's gone.
JobinJ - 12/5/2023, 7:01 AM
@McMurdo - it was amazing.
JobinJ - 12/5/2023, 7:02 AM
@McMurdo - goofy Marvel fart joke plots and scripts have ruined your brain. This was a masterpiece.
TheLight - 12/5/2023, 7:23 AM
@McMurdo - Lay off the turpentine my guy.
McMurdo - 12/6/2023, 4:12 PM
@Waifuslayer - the most cringe melodrama piss poor writing acting of any film I've seen this year.
Waifuslayer - 12/6/2023, 4:53 PM
@McMurdo - cool story. Go watch more She Hulk or something more on your level.
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