Godzilla Minus One - Box Office / Budget discussion thread

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Anecdotal, but my showing today actually had more people than last week’s. I think there are a lot of walk ups due to WOM

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My sister went Christmas Shopping other day. One of the cashier asked my sister if you saw Godzilla Minus One. This cashier said that he's not a big Godzilla fan but went to see it and he love it. WOM is definitely strong within this film.

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Just got out of a non-imax showing about 3 hours ago. I counted at least 30 people in the theater.

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So, went to a showing in Japan again. Theater was more than half full, despite it being out for over a month. The issue is though that there’s less showtimes per day. Still, I imagine it means its still making money in Japan!

I think it can cross 5Byen if this keeps up.
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looks like projection for Minus One will be around $53-55 Million.

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Four of my non-fan coworkers want to see it. Two are even interested in seeing Shin because of this.
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Made $8.34M this weekend, a 27% drop from last weekend

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-1 held perfectly Saturday and Sunday combined in Japan. 0% decrease.

Worldwide -1 will end up making more than Shin Godzilla. Big big thanks to the NA run. Should be able to get over 40m as long as Toho doesn’t pull it early.
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According to The Numbers, Godzilla Minus One will finish its second weekend with $8.3 Million (a -27% drop, an incredible hold!) and now is at $25.3 Million total so far in North America! Seems certain now it will top $30 Million in North America and IMO $40 Million is a real possibility.

https://www.the-numbers.com/weekend-box-office-chart
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Angilasman wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2023 7:45 am Absolutely wild that The Boy and the Heron and Godzilla Minus One are looking very likely to be in the top three at the US box office (at #1 and #3).

This is both a watershed moment for Japanese cinema in the US as well as a watershed moment for stuff I'm into actually being popular.
It's official: Godzilla had $8.34 million (3rd place) and Miyazaki earned $12.84 million (1st place) this weekend!

Wild how much better a distributor of Ghibli GKIDS has been, and it's a wild watershed for Japanese and international cinema in general in the US. Something like this probably hasn't happened since the flood of kung fu imports in 1973, right?

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Pkmatrix wrote: Sun Dec 10, 2023 8:56 am According to The Numbers, Godzilla Minus One will finish its second weekend with $8.3 Million (a -27% drop, an incredible hold!) and now is at $25.3 Million total so far in North America! Seems certain now it will top $30 Million in North America and IMO $40 Million is a real possibility.

https://www.the-numbers.com/weekend-box-office-chart
What's really crazy to think about if it indeed makes $40M, which is not guaranteed but still, is that a Japanese created Godzilla movie might make more money in the U.S. than in Japan :shock:

It's mostly down to how the conversation rate is right now with the Yen and U.S. Dollar but still, crazy to think about.
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Even though kaiju movies were successful in the Japanese box office in the '60s, the practically guaranteed robust international distribution went a long way to justify the high cost of these films. DAM was intended to be the finale of the Godzilla series because, yes, the box office was going down, but also because the last two only went directly to television in the US. Meanwhile, Daiei counted on AIP's promise to buy any new Gamera films for television syndication in their calculus to keep the series going even as Daiei itself began falling apart.

... which is to say; making good money in other markets will go a long way to keeping Toho's Godzilla series in a healthy place.

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Reporting a 27% drop for the second weekend at $8.3M…Sugoi!

https://x.com/discussingfilm/status/173 ... LJHZ3ehLGg
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Angilasman wrote: Sun Dec 10, 2023 10:22 am Even though kaiju movies were successful in the Japanese box office in the '60s, the practically guaranteed robust international distribution went a long way to justify the high cost of these films. DAM was intended to be the finale of the Godzilla series because, yes, the box office was going down, but also because the last two only went directly to television in the US.
Check the facts on this one. Preproduction of Destroy All Monsters started in November of 1967. Godzilla VS the Sea Monster didn't start airing in the US until 1968, while Son of Godzilla didn't show up here until 1969. If Toho indeed had decided that DAM was going to be their last Godzilla film, it would have had nothing to do with how the two previous films were released in the United States and everything to do with how they performed domestically. And by 1968, just after the first big Japanese kaiju boom, the writing was on the wall as budgets and box office were going down. Additionally, in the 1960s and 1970s Toho didn't made much off the sale of these movies in the US. Distributors like AIP, Walter Reade Sterling and Cinema Shares paid whatever small amount Toho would take for the movies and then did whatever they wanted with them.
Meanwhile, Daiei counted on AIP's promise to buy any new Gamera films for television syndication in their calculus to keep the series going even as Daiei itself began falling apart.
You do notice how, by 1965, partnering with Henry Saperstein for co-productiions became a very big deal for Toho. Frankenstein Conquers the World, Monster Zero and War of the Gargantuas were all coproductions with UPA, followed by King Kong Escapes with Universal and Rankin/Bass. Sea Monster and Son of Godzilla actually seem like afterthoughts when you realize what was going on. Destroy all Monsters was an outlier at the time, since it was a big film without any involvement outside of Toho. For the record, Latitude Zero was initially a co-production with Amassador Pictures in the US, until that company shut down and Toho had to make the film by themselves, which explains a lot.

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^ Ooh, I think the 'last two went to TV' factoid is something I read when I was a teenager. Maybe Ryfle's book or the all-DAM issue of G-Fan?

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Angilasman wrote: Sun Dec 10, 2023 1:23 pm ^ Ooh, I think the 'last two went to TV' factoid is something I read when I was a teenager. Maybe Ryfle's book or the all-DAM issue of G-Fan?
It's true, no debating that.

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Legion, sometimes I envy your borderline encyclopedic knowledge about the classic films. I would have no idea on where to even start on finding that kind of information.

On topic, though: Looks like Minus One is exceeding box office expectations at this point. Really cool. I don't think it's going to have a chance at matching Dragon Ball Super Hero. But if it somehow breaks $30 million it could signal a much larger audience for Japanese Godzilla films in the states than there used to be.
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At this rate, we'll be lucky if it breaks $50 million worldwide.
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Legion1979 wrote: Sun Dec 10, 2023 1:24 pm
Angilasman wrote: Sun Dec 10, 2023 1:23 pm ^ Ooh, I think the 'last two went to TV' factoid is something I read when I was a teenager. Maybe Ryfle's book or the all-DAM issue of G-Fan?
It's true, no debating that.
I mean the connection between the fact and Toho's reasoning for thinking interest was cooling.

... of course, the deal with Walter Reade might've happened earlier than we know? Perhaps the UPA coproduction not panning out was pretty important here, and maybe AIP was disinterested in acquiring their stuff for a few years?

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LegendZilla wrote: Sun Dec 10, 2023 3:06 pm At this rate, we'll be lucky if it beaks $50 million worldwide.
My man it already did.
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