Will ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Beat ‘Life Is Beautiful’ at the US Box Office?

Toho’s ‘Godzilla Minus One (#ゴジラ-1.0) is in its final days at the US Box Office, and fans are really showing their support with growing numbers each day, as well increase in theatres for the monster film.

So far, the film has grossed a total of $55.4 million in the US, with a strong showing of $291k on its 9th Monday across 2,051 theaters, including the black & white ‘Godzilla Minus One Minus Color version, boosting a significant jump of 341% in collections from the previous Monday when it was screened in just 535 theaters.

With just three days left until both versions conclude their US theatrical runs on February 1st, the film is tantalizingly close to surpassing the $57.2 million earned by the 1998 Italian drama ‘Life Is Beautiful’, currently the second-highest-grossing international live-action film ever in the US.

By Thursday, it’s projected to be less than $1 million away. However, without the benefit of a weekend, being taken off theatres this Thursday, it seems unlikely that the Japanese film goes past the Italian drama at the North American box office.

However, film’s continued jump at the US box office has meant it has overtaken ‘Parasite’s US run, the previous highest-grossing international film in the region.

Having crossed the $50 million mark, it stands as the only international film post-pandemic to achieve this milestone.

When the nominations for the 2024 Oscars were announced last week, ‘Godzilla Minus One’ made history as the first Japanese film to receive a VFX nod from the Academy Awards voters.

Directed and written by Takashi Yamazaki, ‘Godzilla Minus One’ is a 2023 Japanese kaiju film starring Minami Hamabe, Ryunosuke Kamiki, and Hidetaka Yoshioka that first premiered in Japan on November 3, 2023.

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