02 Aug 2016 11:12 AM +00:00 UTC

Godzilla Resurgence Doesn’t Go Big at Box Office, Goes Monster-Sized at WonderFest

Godzilla Resurgence, titled Shin Godzilla in Japanese, has shot up to the top of the weekend box office in Japan.

Its total earnings from the weekend-run was at 625 million yen (approx. US$6.1 million). This came from a total of 412,000 admissions.

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this is far from what the creators have expected for movie made in Japan in 12 years. The 2014 take on Godzilla, from director Gareth Edwards, had opened to roughly US$5 million in Japan, so it seems that production company Toho had expected more sales given its native flavor.

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It seemed that the problem did not like in the CG effects, given the detail of the Godzilla. Rather, it appears that the very dense cast—329 in total number—may have presented quite the confusing character array of stories and subplots.

Even though Godzilla Resurgence didn't make quite the monstrous expected impression at the Japan Box Office, the replica of Shin Godzilla is getting some attention at WonderFest.

Anime News Network spotted the detailed 1/60-scale version was one of the more popular attractions at the WonderFest, which was held in Chiba, Japan. The event had other merchandise, art, and toys on display apart from the epic monster.

There's even the much-celebrated MechaGodzilla figures present at the event, which featured the merged monster and Eva unit thanks to Neon Genesis Evangelion Director's presence in the Godzilla Resurgence movie. It's a familiar sight of the Berserk mode, for fans who have watched the EVA series.

Godzilla Resurgence has been influenced by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant meltdown that happened in 2011 following the earthquake and tsunami incidences. This means that the movie is set in modern-day Japan. It is set to premiere in Asia this August, with 100 other countries on the list sometime this year.

The movie is directed by Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan). It's the 29th film from Toho.

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