‘Godzilla Minus One’ Dominates With Largest Japanese Live-Action Opening In U.S.

Following the release of the Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire trailer, highlighting the upcoming team-up between the two iconic Titans, the King of the Monsters has more than one reason to bask in glory as Godzilla Minus One smashes the global box office.

After its premiere in Japan last month, Godzilla Minus One, Toho’s highly anticipated kaiju film, made its North American debut this weekend. The film surpassed predictions, raking in US$11 million during its initial three days, almost breaking records for foreign-language films. This comes in addition to the US$23 million Godzilla Minus One had amassed in Japan during its original debut, bringing its global earnings to approximately US$35 million, a remarkable feat considering its reported budget of just US$15 million.

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This places Godzilla Minus One in third on the domestic box office chart, falling just behind Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, and surpassing animated titles, Trolls Band Together and Wish. The film has also earned the title for the second-largest opening for a live-action foreign-language movie, trailing only behind Jet Li’s 2002 wuxia hit, Hero, which reached US$18 million in its initial weekend and concluded its domestic screening with a total surpassing US$50 million.

Grossing over five times what 2016’s Shin Godzilla did in its entire domestic run, Godzilla Minus One dominates as the biggest-ever domestic debut for a Japanese live-action film.