GODZILLA Tracking For A $60 million Debut
Early tracking for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, predicts an $60 million-plus opening weekend in North America. There's a chance that the film could reach $70 million...
The Hollywood Reporter reports, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is expected to pull in over "$60 million in its North American debut," which is May 16th. Some observers tell THR Godzilla "could clear $70 million." The 1998 Godzilla, which starred Matthew Broderick ("War Games") and was directed by Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day"), debuted Memorial Day weekend with $55 million. That was a huge disappointment as many observers predicted the 1998 film could open as high as $90 million. Hopefully this time the King of Monsters can exceed expectations.
The movie, hoping to finally launch a Hollywood studio franchise headlining the giant lizard, could be a defining moment for Legendary Pictures, which spearheaded the $160 million reboot. Legendary co-financed 75 percent of Godzilla, with Warner Bros. putting up the rest of the money. Godzilla opens theaters in in North America May 16. It makes its international assault at the same time. Box office observers believe Godzilla will have even more strength overseas.
Legendary Pictures: Godzilla -- An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are the executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira. The film is from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. - Cinema Blend
GODZILLA will stomp into theaters May 16, 2014.
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