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Film has earned US$19,251,334 in U.S. as of Friday


Deadline reported on Saturday that Godzilla Minus One, Takashi Yamazaki‘s new film in TOHO‘s Godzilla franchise, has become the highest-earning live-action Japanese film in North America. According to Box Office Mojo, the film has earned US$19,251,334 in the United States as of Friday.

The film earned an estimated US$11 million in its first three days in the U.S. box office. Box Office Mojo recorded the film’s opening weekend earnings at US$11,419,975. The film opened in 2,308 theaters.

The film ranked at #1 at the U.S. box office on December 4, 6, and 7.

Godzilla Minus One became the foreign film with the highest opening weekend so far in the United States this year, surpassing the US$10.1 million opening weekend earnings of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc in March.

The film opened in U.S. theaters on December 1.

Godzilla Minus One opened in Japan on November 3 (“Godzilla Day”), which was the anniversary of the first Godzilla film’s November 3, 1954 release. The new film screened at The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) as the closing film of this year’s event on November 1.

The film sold 648,600 tickets for 1,041,193,460 yen (about US$6.93 million) in its first three days in the Japanese box office. The film sold 14.7% more tickets and earned 22.8% more in its first three days than the last live-action Japanese Godzilla film, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi‘s Shin Godzilla, did in its first three days in 2016.

Ryunosuke Kamiki plays protagonist Kōichi Shikishima, and Minami Hamabe plays heroine Noriko Ōishi. (The two also lead the cast of NHK‘s ongoing weekday morning series Ranman.) Other cast members include Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Andō, and Kuranosuke Sasaki.

Sources: Deadline (Jill Goldsmith), Box Office Mojo

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