Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla” stomped through cinemas making it Legendary Entertainment’s second number one movie at the box office this year. The much-anticipated pic raked in approximately $93,1 million on a projected earning potential of $70 million. The monster movie is the second biggest opener of 2014 behind the $95 million opening of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier“. The “Godzilla” reboot also outperformed films internationally, posting the biggest opening of the year with $103 million.
Feel free to check out the first epic trailer for the city destroyer HERE, and second trailer HERE. “Godzilla” is also one of our hotly tipped movies to watch this Summer, and the monster movie also joins a bunch of awesome flicks as one of our most anticipated movies of 2014.
Edwards’ retelling of the story explains the origins of the fierce monster by making a reference to the first “Godzilla” released back in 1954. The pic received awesome reviews ahead of its release date, boosting anticipation levels for the epic monster movie. The huge success of the Kaiju centric film has now secured a sequel according to a recent report by Variety.com. Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. will launch a second movie.
Legendary president and chief creative officer Jon Jashni said:
“It’s very validating,”
“You can’t ask for a better situation when you have a group of people, who were perhaps expecting to be let down were impressed. It all lines up when that eco-system aligns and starts feeding off itself.”
The plan to have a franchise with sequels has always been in the pipeline, Jashni explains:
“Our initial goal was to re-brand and re-establish the property in a Tiffany way,”
“Now, we’re trying to take in all of the results of the weekend.”
Back to the Box Office chart: Last week’s top performer “Neighbors” continued to rake in audiences, earning an additional $25 million, followed by “Amazing Spider-Man 2” with $16.8 million. The top five is rounded up with sports drama “Million Dollar Arm” debuting at number four with $10.5 million, followed by “The Other Woman (2014)” with $6.3 million.
Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
- Godzilla (2014) – $93,188,384
- Neighbors – $25,065,895
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $16,803,227
- Million Dollar Arm – $10,515,659
- The Other Woman (2014) – $6,307,823
- Heaven is for Real – $4,380,052
- Rio 2 – $3,739,890
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $3,664,058
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return – $1,957,456
- Moms’ Night Out – $1,773,470