Japan Box Office: 'Godzilla' Comes Home, Tops Weekend

6:19 AM PST 07/28/2014 by Gavin J. Blair
Local audiences have given "Godzilla" a welcoming return home.

There was some concern about how local moviegoers would respond following the poor box-office performance of other recent Hollywood films with Japanese themes.

TOKYO — Godzilla crushed the opposition at the Japanese box office this weekend with a $6.7 million (¥683 million) three-day bow, stopping Disney from claiming 20 straight weeks at the top of the charts.

Japan is the last major market for Gareth Edwards' take on Godzilla, following much speculation on how the land that birthed the beast would respond to its release.

Despite some early online chatter about how the Hollywood version of the monster was bulging in the wrong places, Warner Bros. can be satisfied with its solid opening. Recent Hollywood films with Japanese themes, including 47 Ronin, The Wolverine (released locally as Wolverine Samurai) and Pacific Rim, have all performed poorly here.

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Toho, the studio behind the original radiated monster, is distributing Godzilla locally, as it celebrates 60 years since the first Godzilla film was released in 1954.

Maleficent dropped to second place on the weekend charts, meaning there was a non-Disney title at number one for the first time since mid-March. The Angelina Jolie-starrer has now made $39 million (¥3.97 bilion) in Japan.

Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue dropped one spot to eighth, while Frozen finally fell out of the top 10 in its 20th week in Japanese theaters.

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Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, the latest big-screen Pocket Monsters adventure, fell to third, while Edge of Tomorrow  (All You Need Is Kill) dropped to 10th in its fourth weekend in Japan.

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