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Internationally Godzilla (2014) actually made $10 Million more than its sequel, King of the Monsters (2019)

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The numbers are in for Godzilla 2's first weekend at the international box office and despite the overwhelmingly positive fan reception, in an unexpected turn, Mike Dougherty's sequel actually managed to earn $10 Million less than Gareth Edwards' original from 2014!

Deadline reports international box office earnings for Godzilla: King of the Monsters have settled at $130 Million. Godzilla (2014) earned $140 Million in similar markets when it debuted 5 years ago.

We're rather confused as to why turnout was not on par, but actually lower than Edwards' Godzilla. One major culprit seems to be European markets with Godzilla 2 earning $4.4 Million in the UK and $2.6 Million in France. By comparison, Godzilla 2014 earned $11 Million in the UK and $5.7 Million in France when it debuted. Many suspect the release of Disney's Alladin to be the cause of the less than stellar European returns this time around.

This being Godzilla: KOTM's first weekend at the box office, numbers will only dip from here on out. Whether or not the film will break even has yet to be seen. The future of the Monsters will be relying on the success of Godzilla vs. Kong which releases next year. Will it be enough to secure more Monsterverse films? We're hoping so...

Mike Dougherty may have directed King of the Monsters, but it looks like Gareth Edwards directed King of the Box Office.

We will continue to track Godzilla 2's box office performance in this post, so be sure to check back often for updates!

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Written by ChrisPublished on 2019-06-02 19:11:20

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17 Comments

macumbalove

MemberBaragonJun-02-2019 7:26 PM

This movie is a flop!!

Gmkgoji

MemberRodanJun-02-2019 8:07 PM

OOF

godzilla3580

MemberMothra LarvaeJun-02-2019 8:11 PM

ma***balove Yea, it's looking that way :/ What a shame... I guess Godzilla is more niche than we'd like to admit

macumbalove

MemberBaragonJun-02-2019 8:24 PM

It absolutely 100% is. I've been saying this all along and everyone thought I was a troll.

Skubyrustis

MemberBaragonJun-02-2019 8:46 PM

dang. Hopefully GvK can bring some big bucks to the box office, because the monsterverse's future is counting on it!

Godzillatheking123

MemberBaragonJun-02-2019 9:24 PM

ma***balove: You are forgetting whether the movie will have a long leg or not. The thing is, you are taking positive glee in the failure of KOTM. No Godzilla fan, even if they dislike the movie, will want a Godzilla movie to fail. That means you a troll.

Chris...perhaps you should consider sending a warning to this ma***balove, or maybe ban him if he keeps up this behavior?

Godzillatheking123

MemberBaragonJun-02-2019 9:27 PM

Speaking of break-even, let's not forget DVD/Blu-ray sales as well.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJun-02-2019 9:52 PM

Godzillatheking123,
Whether or not he's happy about the movie failing at the box office is not grounds for a warning. So he won't be.

Also the industry doesn't normally factor Blu-ray/DVD sales into budgets this big. For some reason they see receipts from those sales as a cherry on top. I think they're crazy, but it's how it has always been and that line of thinking hasn't really changed.

I think it's a little early to say whether or not the movie is a flop, but it isn't looking great. Among the theater takes, distribution costs, overseas theater/distribution costs, massive marketing campaign and two-thirds that China gets to keep in their territory--It's going to be a tough battle. It actually opened as high as Shin Godzilla in Japan, but we can't really factor the money it makes there. Per the agreement with Legendary, Toho gets to keep all the money it makes in Japan. (Which makes sense.)

Hopefully it has Skull Island legs. Regardless, I've braced myself for the extreme likelihood GvK will be the final Monsterverse entry. I've expected that for the last couple of years--Best to embrace what we're given while we can.

Godzillatheking123

MemberBaragonJun-02-2019 10:55 PM

Godzillatheking123: Being a troll is a ground for a warning. He's not contributing anything to the discussion.

As for dvd/blu-ray sales, I know that. It may not contribute officially to the budget, but heck, it is revenue to the studio, they would be happy to receive money as a business. If there is great sales, the studio is not going to just ignore that.

As for box office, China is a getting to keep a little less than usual this time, compared to other movies, athough I need to check where the source came from, but that's what I read.

Skubyrustis

MemberBaragonJun-02-2019 11:08 PM

This movie could have legs and break even, or even make a profit. if that is the case this movie wouldn't be a flop, and then you have GvK which is more of a gurunteed success than KOTM was. I think the monstervers has a descent chance of going on after GvK, but maybe like a movie every twoish years like they have been doing. I don't think kaiju films are big enough to put out one a year. they wont make enough return on an annual basis i think. IDK, that is a whole other topic though lol.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJun-03-2019 12:12 AM

Godzillatheking123,
If I were to give an official warning to everyone who didn't contribute something we wouldn't have anyone here without official warnings--Including myself and Chris.

It does occur to Legendary may be able to keep more of the Chinese revenue since it's owned by Wanda, but I've not seen any source or confirmation of that so far.

Godzillatheking123

MemberBaragonJun-03-2019 12:39 AM

G. H. (Gman): Hahaha, fair enough. ;)

Does someone know just how much Legendary is getting in terms of % of the box office from China (or whatever other metrics they use).

The Realist

MemberMothra LarvaeJun-03-2019 7:54 AM

Please make more than '98 domestically. That's all I want at this point

kurochan_24

MemberMothra LarvaeJun-03-2019 4:47 PM

I guess we can tell if they release the Blu-ray much earlier than usual. That's usually what they do when films aren't earning as much as projected. Do you guys think those BS critic reviews affected fan turn out?

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJun-03-2019 5:34 PM

I also want to point out that when Godzilla '14 opened May, 2014, China and Japan did not open the same weekend. They opened later.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters, on the other hand, opened everywhere simultaneously.

Godzillatheking123

MemberBaragonJun-03-2019 6:03 PM

G. H. (Gman): Shrugs, I don't know, sometimes it's hard to compare exactly with 2014 since there are obviously different variables between the two movies. But whatever, the only thing now for the studio is to hope that the movie has legs.

Super Godzilla

MemberMothra LarvaeJun-05-2019 5:59 PM

It's sad that this movie didn't release that well, because it was fun, filled with action, a 180 turn from the last. I felt it would appeal better to the broader audience, which in a sense it did, because it had great fan reviews. The soundtrack was epic.  Maybe it was just the timing of the release. The KONG brand name might bring a few more million, but I also believe that it won't be enough to carry the monsterverse forward, but I pray I'm wrong.

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