Box Office: 'Godzilla' Opens No. 1 Wednesday in France With $1.6 Million

The Legendary and Warner Bros. tentpole debuts around the world this weekend; early Thursday returns in Australia show "Godzilla" grossing $1.2 million for the day.

Gareth Edwards' Godzilla stomped into its first handful of international markets on Wednesday, coming in No. 1 everywhere and taking in $1.6 million in France from 596 screens.

The $160 million tentpole from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. toppled the hit French comedy Qu'est-ce que j'ai fait au bon Dieu from the top spot at the box office after having stayed at No. 1 for four weeks. Godzilla captured 49 percent of the market share.

Godzilla grossed $167,000 from 87 screens in Belgium and French-speaking Switzerland, followed by $316,000 from 54 screens in Sweden, $210,000 from 127 screens in Norway and $71,000 from 82 screens in Finland.

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Indonesia delivered the best opening day of the year, ponying up $325,000 from 308 screens. It's one of the best results ever for a Warners title.

And early Thursday estimates show Godzilla grossing $1.2 million in Australia.

The monster movie opens around the globe this weekend. In North America, it is expected to cross $65 million in its debut. 

Godzilla, hoping to finally launch a Hollywood studio franchise headlined by the giant lizard, is a defining moment for Legendary Pictures, which spearheaded the reboot. Legendary financed 75 percent of Godzilla, with Warner Bros. putting up the rest of the money.

An origins story, the movie tries to remain true to the iconic Japanese Godzilla movies made by Japan's Toho studio. Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn.

Godzilla opens 16 years after Sony unsuccessfully tried to launch its own franchise with Roland Emmerich's Godzilla starring Matthew Broderick.