Toho's GODZILLA MINUS ONE Is Closing In On $100M Worldwide; Special Screening Held At Lucasfilm

Toho's GODZILLA MINUS ONE Is Closing In On $100M Worldwide; Special Screening Held At Lucasfilm Toho's GODZILLA MINUS ONE Is Closing In On $100M Worldwide; Special Screening Held At Lucasfilm

Director Takashi Yamazaki's Godzilla Minus One is showing extraordinarily long legs at the domestic box office as the Japanese film surpasses the $50M mark in North America.

By MarkJulian - Jan 15, 2024 06:01 PM EST
Filed Under: Godzilla

It seems neither traditional military forces nor the North American box office will be able to halt Godzilla's rampage.

Godzilla Minus One is expected to generate slightly more than a million dollars in its sixth weekend in North America, bringing its North American total to $50.94 million. That's not bad for a movie that had a stated budget of only $15 million (although the director has implied the budget is even less).

Minus One currently stands $94.75 million worldwide and counting.

Takashi Yamazaki, the film's director, recently conducted a special screening of the film at Lucasfilm. It's worth remembering that, before to the film's meteoric rise in popularity, Yamazaki stated that he has a strong desire to direct a Star Wars film. Do you think he was able to pitch anything to Kathleen Kennedy and Dave Filoni during the screening?

Also, a special black-and-white version of the film was just released in theaters in Japan on Friday. North American kaiju enthusiasts are currently awaiting news on whether the special version will also be released, stateside.

Yamazaki (Lupin III: The First, Dragon Quest: Your Story) directed and wrote Godzilla Minus One. In the film Ryunosuke Kamiki portrays Koichi Shikishima, Minami Hamabe portrays Noriko Oishi, Yuki Yamada portrays Shiro Mizushima, Munetaka Aoki portrays Sosaku Tachibana, and Hidetaka Yoshioka portrays Kenji Noda.

In a press release, Yamazaki commented on the film becoming the highest-grossing live-action Japanese film in North America. "I am happy that Godzilla, of all characters, has eclipsed a record that had not been broken for a long time. Looking back, I think that the cast and crew were all working on the film with the same goal in mind: to make something entertaining! That is what led to such a wonderful result. I will always remember this."

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, following special fan showings on November 29.

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garu - 1/15/2024, 6:12 PM
Well deserved, it's an amazing movie and I'm hard to please as a viewer.
VyoletVyper - 1/15/2024, 6:12 PM
Long live the king!
Origame - 1/15/2024, 6:13 PM
Japan going to Lucasfilm being like "this is what a good film looks like" 🤣
vectorsigma - 1/15/2024, 7:13 PM
@Origame - damn, my thoughts exactly 😀
marvel72 - 1/15/2024, 10:13 PM
@Origame -

Also saying "This only cost $15 Million to make."

Origame - 1/16/2024, 4:52 AM
@marvel72 - yeah. Really shows how wasteful these productions are.

Wouldn't be surprised if that $270 mil for the marvels was spent on sh!t no one really cares about like DEI nonsense.
harryba11zack - 1/15/2024, 6:16 PM
another win for DC
marvel72 - 1/15/2024, 10:14 PM
@harryba11zack - Is that the sound effects series?
BeNice123 - 1/15/2024, 6:16 PM
Toho knows whats up. Thats how a movie is made.
Batmangina - 1/15/2024, 6:22 PM
I cannot wait for this to hit streaming - I missed my chance at the theater.

On a semi-non canonical note - watched E10 of the AppleZilla show and I didn't hate it - a few of the wooden actors actually softened up and the time warping gimmick was interesting and the last shot was obviously a lead in to the next movie.

Was it 10 episodes total? I watch what I find on the side of the information superhighway - even though I have all the Apple bullshit as part of my work world.
vectorsigma - 1/15/2024, 7:16 PM
@Batmangina - i liked it, and yes, 10 episodes.

I agree that the newbie actors are wooden, but im liking the direction of the story and would like to see how it ties up to future movies.
mountainman - 1/15/2024, 8:19 PM
@Batmangina - The young characters got better later in the season since they weren’t just complaining the whole time. But the season ended on a strong note for sure.
dragon316 - 1/16/2024, 5:45 AM
@Batmangina - monarch legacy monsters I forced myself stay interested with some episodes some episodes with present flashbacks where boring African American girl hacker past needed flash back and yes it was boring but son was boring as well with flashback.,
Should be interesting what next episode holds for series
Batmangina - 1/16/2024, 10:51 AM
@dragon316 - Same - the present day storyline kinda sucked unless it was Kurt Russell centric.

The only thing I [frick]ing hated about the show was the hacker chick. Like SHE was an elite hacker in [frick]ING JAPAN.

Ended strong with Keiko time warp and hopefully Kurt Russell gets all timey wimey too
ATrueHero1987 - 1/15/2024, 6:24 PM
I enjoyed this movie. Godzilla was truly terrifying in this movie! Waiting to own this digitally and/or 4k disc.
GeneralZod - 1/15/2024, 6:25 PM
The best adventure/action/CBM-type film in years, and there is nothing terribly complex about it. I hope Hollywood is paying attention and gets back to the basics that Minus One employs.
TheLight - 1/15/2024, 7:06 PM
As it should. I can honestly say, for the first time in YEARS, I loved this movie. Not only did it give you that feeling of going back to the OG formula with Godzilla, but it also had human characters you could like, relate to and sympathize for.

This is how it's done. Hollywood needs to pay attention and take notes.
dragon316 - 1/16/2024, 5:36 AM
@TheLight - all Godzilla japan movies I never like human characters except for minus one
vectorsigma - 1/15/2024, 7:18 PM
Been waiting for this and not sure when it will arrive.

With all the time-space warp from the apple series, makes me wonder if they ever introduce a multiverse and make this "canon"
Bucnastydathird - 1/15/2024, 7:21 PM
Monarch legacy of monsters was just as hard to me
HashTagSwagg - 1/15/2024, 7:39 PM
@Bucnastydathird - hard to watch.
Bucnastydathird - 1/15/2024, 7:49 PM
@HashTagSwagg - sorry to hear that shawty but I enjoyed it. And that's what matters to me
EZBeast - 1/15/2024, 8:04 PM
@Bucnastydathird - I was told the ending was great!
Bucnastydathird - 1/15/2024, 8:13 PM
@EZBeast - it was a dope ending
mountainman - 1/15/2024, 8:20 PM
@Bucnastydathird - Yup. Halfway through the season I wasn’t so hot on it, but man was it a strong ending!
Nolanite - 1/15/2024, 8:26 PM
@Bucnastydathird - I have a hard on.
Bucnastydathird - 1/15/2024, 8:54 PM
@mountainman - yea a few episodes were filler like a mothaphucka but I expected that. But they finished strong like u said. I hope Lee shaw survived tho
mountainman - 1/15/2024, 9:13 PM
@Bucnastydathird - Me too. I generally don’t like fake out deaths but Shaw is the strongest part of the show. At least Keiko joined the modern cast as she was the next best to the Russells.

My hope is that 2nd season is Kong focused, flashbacks are about Randa after he leaves Monarch up to Skull Island and the present day (2017) leads up to what Kong was doing when Godzilla King of the Monsters happened.
Bucnastydathird - 1/15/2024, 9:17 PM
@mountainman - phuck yea....they gotta talk about skull island in the second season....that definitely would be a missed opportunity
mountainman - 1/15/2024, 9:20 PM
@Bucnastydathird - Randa flashbacks are all that makes sense. Young Shaw’s story is done and early Monarch after Shaw and Randa were gone isn’t interesting.
Bucnastydathird - 1/15/2024, 9:23 PM
@mountainman - I can't front I wanna see how kieko handles adapting in this day in age too...
mountainman - 1/15/2024, 9:37 PM
@Bucnastydathird - That actress did a great job in the role. All season, but especially in the finale.
Bucnastydathird - 1/15/2024, 9:39 PM
@mountainman - yep I concur
EZBeast - 1/15/2024, 7:21 PM
This film turned my friends who disliked Godzilla into Godzilla fans. It's so wonderful to see a movie do so well and bring this much joy to almost everyone!
Godzilla2000Zer - 1/15/2024, 7:21 PM
Great movie so many Hollywood filmmakers are praising it
Gmoney84 - 1/15/2024, 7:27 PM
Pretty sure half of you commenting didn’t actually watch this movie. It was a steaming pile of shit. How long into the film before you see Godzilla? It’s like the biggest dicktease.
Feralwookiee - 1/15/2024, 7:39 PM
@Gmoney84 - To be honest, I'm a Godzilla fan, but I haven't seen this one, but intend to when I get a break.

That said, it's almost always a good 20-30 minutes into every Godzilla movie before you even get a glimpse of him. (Not sure how long it is before he shows up in this one though.) This is the same critisim people had about the 2014 American version, which I personally enjoyed.

Off topic: Another Bill and Ted movie, maybe?
EZBeast - 1/15/2024, 7:52 PM
@Gmoney84 -spoiler**

he shows up by the first 3 minutes of the film...pretty sure he shows up like 20mins after that and not long after that...
Itwasme - 1/15/2024, 8:20 PM
@Gmoney84 - he literally shows up in the first few minutes...
bobevanz - 1/15/2024, 8:00 PM
Good, maybe they can figure out how to make blockbuster movies on small budgets. 15 million to make Minus One, and before all the clowns try to say "it shows" no the [frick] it doesn't
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