Release date: 20 May 1998
Advanced shows at most locations 7:00 pm 19 May 1998
Godzilla Sony Pictures official web site
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
the big movie starting the summer of 1998. That's right, this is The
Godzilla. The star in 22 Japanese films. You remember Roland Emmerich
and Dean Devlin from Independence Day. They created this original convincing
fire-breathing giant lizard. Godzilla itself is a combination of many different
effects. Much more agile with lots of different powers. And pregnant.
Godzilla's Budget - Godzilla's production budget reported to be $125 million. Sony is estimated to have spent in excess of $60 million advertising costs in the US and another $60 million overseas. Sony also spent several million dollars for the extra prints to place it in over 7,000 screens. That's 20 % of the U.S. movie screens.
Box Office 5-7 June - Godzilla drops to third place at the weekend boxoffice with an estimated $10.0 M for a cume to date of $114.3 M based on estimated figures available Sunday 7 June.
Box Office 22-25 May - The much hyped Godzilla opening of $55.7 for the four day Fri-Mon holiday weekend fell far short of beating the record opening of The Lost World $90.2 million. While an impressive opening, it is considered disappointing since many insiders were predicting a $96 million weekend. For the seven days since its Tuesday evening release, Godzilla has brought in an $74.3 million.
Year's top boxoffice:
1. $577.0 mil Titanic in release 22 weeks 4 daysOpening Big - With the weekend over, preliminary figures places Godzilla as the eight highest 3-day weekend debut of all time. Godzilla placed third in Memorial 4-day weekend box office.
Memorial Day Weekends Boxoffice:
Opening Theaters Ranking
1. 3,310 theaters Godzilla 20 May 98Advanced screening at most North American locations started at 7 pm Tuesday 19 May. Many location to show the Godzilla prints in the old dye transfer Technicolor prints used by Hollywood color films in the late 1930s and 1940s. Godzilla is the first film to use this process this widely.
Godzilla premiere 18 May was on a giant screen in Madison Square Garden for over 11,000 attendees at a cost of $2 million which Sony said was to be the biggest indoor premiere in New York City history.
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