UPDATE, SATURDAY 10:55 AM PT: Godzilla continued its domination of the China box office on Saturday with a flash estimate of $14.8M from approximately 9,000 screens. The No. 1 film in the market this weekend gave Warner Bros its biggest ever Saturday (and 2nd day) results in the territory. After bowing to $10.9M on Friday, the Warner/Legendary film now has a local cume of $25.8M, according to the studio. The international total as of today is an estimated $237.4M. More numbers and analysis to come tomorrow.
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY 12:47 PM PT:Warner Bros and Legendary‘s Godzilla roared into the world’s second biggest box office market today with a monstrous $10.9M bow. The Gareth Edwards-directed creature feature is playing on an estimated 9,000 screens, more than a third of the nation’s moviegoing real estate. The bow marks Warner Bros’ biggest opening day of all time in the territory and is the biggest opening day there for 2014, according to the studio. The Lizard opened internationally in May with $103.4M overseas. Its domestic open was $93.1M; in North America it now has a cume of about $187.5M. Internationally, its cume as of last weekend was $208.7M in 63 markets.
China is the penultimate international territory for the film which will bow on July 25 in Japan — from whence the original monster hails. Despite any historical issues between China and Japan, big, broad action sells in China and this film is tipped to play in the Middle Kingdom in a similar manner to last year’s Pacific Rim, which did monster business there of about $112M.