Godzilla Opens For $90 Million And Gets A Sequel
Gareth Edwards' hotly-anticipated Godzilla reboot smashed its way onto the big screen this weekend, making a massive $90 million in domestic box-office returns in the process. This opening weekend performance, which was boosted by an extra $103 million in global markets, appears to have convinced executives at Warner Bros. and Legendary that a Godzilla sequel would be a good idea.
"It's very validating," Legendary President Jon Jashni told Variety. "You can't ask for a better situation when you have a group of people who were perhaps expecting to be let down were impressed. It all lines up when that eco-system aligns and starts feeding off itself."
However, it appears that creating a new franchise around the Toho product was not necessarily reliant on a spectacular box-office performance. While talking to Variety, Jashni revealed that Warner Bros. and Legendary always had plans to bring Godzilla back to the forefront of sci-fi fans' minds.
"Our initial goal was to re-brand the property in a Tiffany way. Now we're trying to take in all of the results of the weekend." said Jashni.
So while future Godzilla products may have always been on the cards, the fact that the movie is already approaching a $200 million global box office haul may mean they get the fast track treatment as the studio attempts to build momentum.
Of course, with the money-making potential of a great Godzilla movie being realized this weekend, Warner Bros., Legendary and Toho will have no shortage of areas to explore for future ventures. Muto may have been a new addition to the franchise, but the likes of Rodan, King Ghidora or even Mothra could all make returns to the big screen and make fans immensely happy in the process.