Godzilla stomped it's way through the box office this weekend earning itself $93.2 million in the US and $103 million internationally. The film grossed $9.3 million on Thursday night alone, and has earned its place as the highest IMAX opener of 2014 (so far) with $14.1 million or 15 percent of the domestic gross. IMAX screens brought in 51 percent of the international gross.
That encapsulates the first half of the story - the success of the film - however, in other exciting news, Deadline Hollywood reported that the Godzilla will be picked up for a sequel from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios.
If the confirmation is credible and accurate, audiences around the world will be back for round two, hopefully retaining it's great cast and visionary director along for the ride.
Godzilla earned itself some praise this weekend with an average rating of 6.6/10 and a 72 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, saying the film "satisfyingly restores the franchise's fire-breathing glory." That's quite a bit to say about a monster movie concept that's been done and redone since 1954, but we'll let you, the audience decide for yourself how the film fared.
In any case, director Gareth Edwards has found a name for himself in this absolute titan of a flick. In regards to any plans for a sequel he might have had, Deadline continued its report saying that Edwards had affirmed he'd learned a lot from watching Spielberg films, and the production of his previous movie, Monsters, contributed to his visionary approach, practicing both a level of restraint, and a focus on humanity to bring the project to life.
If the numbers aren't enough to go on, the critical reception ought to be. The film is a visual masterpiece with a five-star cast, and a thick plot with just enough action and manic destruction to balance against what would've been some duller moments.
What did you think of Godzilla? Did this film live up to its B-Movie origins, or was there yet things left to be desired? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.