"Godzilla" is currently crushing the weekend box office in China according to a June 15th report from Variety. The film has earned $25.8 million during its first two opening days in the country, setting a record for top Chinese gross from a Warner Brother's movie.
The film has been one of the more successful summer block-busters of 2014, and still occupied the #6 top grossing spot in American Box offices for the June 13th-15th weekend despite being in it's fifth week in theaters. Thus far, the film has earned $428 million worldwide.
“Godzilla” is slated to make a fashionably late appearance in his home country of Japan where the film will not premiere in theaters until July. The giant radioactive lizard turned 60 years old this year. Toho studios officially retired the character in 2004 after producing 28 films over the course of 50 years which makes Godzilla the longest running film-franchise in history. The last film released by Toho was entitled “Godzilla: Final Wars.”
Unlike Toho studios, which had no plans to make a sequel after releasing the original in 1954, Warner Brother's has signed on to make the new film a trilogy and have gained permission from Toho studios to use more of their licensed monsters in the upcoming films. A teaser shown to select asian audiences depicts Mothra leading an army of MUTOs in the second film.