As I said on this week’s The Collision, I’m awful at predicting box office, and while I thought Godzilla would do well, I didn’t expect it to have the second-highest opening weekend this year with an estimated $93 million. That’s particularly encouraging since the studio used a smart marketing campaign that didn’t spoil the movie, and audiences clearly went for a movie that didn’t give them a constant barrage of carnage. It’s a good movie, and I’m glad it succeeded.
Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are moving forward with a sequel, according to Variety, although there are currently no details about the plot. Personally, I’d be fine if they changed up the cast, or at least made way for a new protagonist while keeping supporting actors Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn around for a sense of continuity beyond Godzilla. Now the question is what to do with the sequel, and I assume they’re going to start bringing in his famous fellow kaiju like Mothra and/or Ghidorah. Hit the jump for what Legendary CEO Thomas Tull had to say to Steve about Godzilla 2.
In his interview with Steve for Godzilla, Tull spoke about what the reboot would have to do in order to score a sequel:
I know you don’t talk about sequels and I’m not even going to ask you about it. What I am going to ask though is…the movie cost around 160. I know there’s a lot of marketing costs, is there a magic number at Legendary that you are like, “We need to hit this number and everyone’s going to be very happy”?
THOMAS TULL: You know…
I like putting you on the spot like that.
TULL: Yeah, I know you do. Look, I think for us if the movie does- I’d really like for it to at least have a four in front of it globally, and if it does that we’re in a good position.
So basically over five and six we’re talking about the S-word, or could be.
TULL: We love this universe, we love Godzilla, and if we’re fortunate enough to have a high class problem we’ll deal with it then.
Considering that the movie has already scored almost $200 million worldwide, getting to “a four in front of it globally” shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle. In either event, the question now becomes not “If we’ll see Godzilla again”, but “When?”