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    GODZILLA MINUS ONE Opening Weekend Box Office Report

    Source: Comscore
    Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian

    Comscore has announced the official Global box office estimates for the weekend of November 5, 2023, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.

    Of particular interest to SciFi Japan readers will be the box office performance of GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan), which opened in Japanese cinemas this past Friday, November 3rd. The film had an excellent domestic debut, taking in 1.02 billion yen (10億2000万円) -- including ticket sales from a hugely successful lauch on IMAX -- for one of the best opening weekends for a live-action Japanese film in 2023. Reviews and word-of-mouth have been positive for GODZILLA MINUS ONE, suggesting that it will have legs at the Japanese box oiffice.

    Also, although currently screening only in Japan, GODZILLA MINUS ONE still managed to break into the Top 10 at the international box office.  The movie's international release will expand with the US on December 1st, then the UK and Ireland on December 15th, with additional countries TBA.

    Read on for the official report from Comscore...


    Comscore – Sunday Estimates – Global/International Weekend Box Office Roundup – November 5, 2023

    Notable Global Openers:

    • China title LAST SUSPECT took in $17,821,400 this weekend for a cume to date of $23.354M.
    • Toho opened GODZILLA MINUS ONE in Japan this weekend to a debut of $7.782M. Post war Japan is at its lowest point when a new crisis emerges in the form of a giant monster, baptized in the horrific power of the atomic bomb. The action-adventure film is directed by Takashi Yamazaki.


    Notable Global Holdovers:

    • Universal Reports FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S delivered another excellent weekend, crossing $100M International and $200M Worldwide and is only the 2nd horror film to earn more than $200M at the global box office in 2023. The International weekend added $35.6M to reach $103.5M cume, surpassing the Reported IBOs of A QUIET PLACE II, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY, HALLOWEEN, M3GAN, LIGHTS OUTEVIL DEAD RISE, GET OUT, THE BLACK PHONE, THE INVISIBLE MAN, and INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3. FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S is now the biggest Blumhouse film in 29 markets including Brazil, Argentina, Poland, Chile, Peru, Central America, and Ukraine. Having delivered the biggest original International Horror opening of 2023 from Wave 1 markets, the film rolled out in a further 11 markets this weekend including Spain, Italy, Belgium and Hungary. Openings results are above THE NUN 2, CONJURING 2, ANNABELLE COMES HOME and more than double HALLOWEEN excluding previews. The overall cume is above  THE NUN 2, CONJURING 2, ANNABELLE COMES HOME and INSIDIOUS: THE RED DOOR in the same markets at the same point.
    • “TAYLOR SWIFT/THE ERAS TOUR” concert film, distributed internationally by Trafalgar and domestically by AMC & Variance, now in its fourth week of release continued inspiring audiences to sing, dance, and smile in theaters around the world! Internationally the concert film is projected to earn an additional $11.6M Thursday 11/2 through Sunday 11/5 in 113 territories, for a new international cume of $65.1M.  New territories for this weekend included Brazil, South Korea, India, UAE and Southeast Asia. With this weekend’s estimates included, the global box office cume to date is $231.1 million and will be delighting audiences around the world on the big screen throughout the holiday season and will be back in theaters for another weekend this Thursday 11/9.
    • Paramount reports KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON from Apple Original Films and Paramount Pictures, grossed $11.850M in 66 markets on the 3rd international weekend. Please note: Italy (distributed by Leone) grossed $650K at 361 sites, down 41% and at #5 in the market and the local cume is now $4.8M. Therefore, the combined international cume is $66.9M and the worldwide cume is $119.2M. 
    • Universal reports TROLLS BAND TOGETHER opened in 11 further markets, adding $13.204M this weekend, boosted by excellent holds in a number of markets due to school and National holidays, reaching $56.9M cume through Sunday.
    • Paramount reports PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE grossed $8.0M this weekend, off just 21% from last weekend, across 67 markets. The international cume now stands at $119.7M and the worldwide cume is $181.7M.  
    • Japanese title THE BOY AND THE HERON takes in $8,089,400 this weekend for a global cume to date of $81.755M.
    • A24’s “Priscilla” lands in the global Top 10 with its domestic (U.S. & Canada) second weekend expansion gross of $5,084,573 for a domestic cume through Sunday of $5,310,093.
    • Pantelion’s RADICAL lands in the global Top 10 with its domestic (U.S. & Canada) debut of $2,730,326 plus its international weekend in Mexico of $1,562,500 for a global weekend of $4,292,826 for a global cume through Sunday of $10,287,626. The film opened on October 20th in Mexico from distributor Videocine as the biggest local language film opening since before the Covid pandemic and has gone on to the highest grossing local language film released since the pandemic (drama and any other genres).


    IMAX Domestic/Global Highlights (Courtesy of IMAX):

    • Toho’s GODZILLA MINUS ONE opens to a massive $1.2m this weekend from only 49 IMAX screens, the Biggest IMAX Opening ever for a live-action Japanese title, the 4th highest IMAX live-action Opening in Japan, and the 5thhighest IMAX local title Opening in Japan. Written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, this Godzilla origin story is set in post-WW2 Japan, where the recent atomic bomb blasts awaken the titular monster.
    • Maoyan’s LAST SUSPECT opens to $1.6m on the IMAX China network, the first new IMAX release in China since the National Holiday titles released on Sept 28/29, led by UNDER THE LIGHT’s $10.6m.
    • Paramount/Apple’s KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON adds $1.3m in its 3rdweekend of release, taking the IMAX global cume to $11.2m.
    • AMC’s TAYLOR SWIFT: THE ERAS TOUR enjoys a box office boost, as 13 new IMAX markets open, delivering $1.1m for an IMAX cume of $15.5m. 20 IMAX screens in South Korea account for over 80% of the nationwide opening weekend box office.
    • Universal’s OPPENHEIMER reaches $184m IMAX Global Box Office, earning $550K this weekend. The international cume grows to $96.4m to become the 4thHighest international IMAX result ever, behind AVATAR: TWOW; AVENGERS: ENDGAME; and AVATAR.
    • This week finds Disney/Marvel’s THE MARVELS open on 1,560 IMAX screens in 82 markets, one of our widest global D&D releases ever.
    • Yash Raj Films’ TIGER 3 opens on 160 IMAX screens in 13 markets, including India, North America, UK, and the Middle East.

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