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    Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Toho-Towa Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: monsterhunter.movie (US), monsterhunter-movie.jp (Japan) Sony Pictures’ MONSTER HUNTER is now playing in theaters worldwide. The fantasy action movie is written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (RESIDENT EVIL film series) and based on the global video game series phenomenon MONSTER HUNTER (モンスターハンター, Monsutā Hantā) by Capcom. Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official international box office estimates for the weekend of May 2, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Please note that 57% of all North American Theaters are currently open. Comscore – Global Sunday Estimates – Weekend Box Office Roundup – May 2,, 2021      A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors ■ Notable International Opener: RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE FINALl generated an estimated ¥404.4m ($3.7m) on 480 screens and ranking #2 behind DETECTIVE CONAN: THE SCARLET BULLET.  The cume to date

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official North American box office estimates for the weekend of May 2, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Please note that 57% of all North American Theaters are currently open. Comscore – Sunday Estimates – North American Weekend Box Office Roundup – May 2,, 2021      A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors ■ North American Openers: Opening in 1751 locations, Open Road/Briarcliff’s SEPARATION took in an estimated weekend gross of $1,831,000 and a PTA of $1,046.  Universal’s repertory

    Movie theaters are back and so is Bay Area Film Events! Source: Bay Area Film Events press release Official Site: bayareafilmevents.com/godzillafest Photo courtesy of Bay Area Film Events. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Join Bay Area Film Events for the reopening of the Balboa Theater in San Francisco on the weekend of May 14-16 as we present 10 different movies featuring Godzilla, his friends and foes.We will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of MOTHRA and the 50th anniversary of GODZILLA VS HEDORAH (THE SMOG MONSTER).Vendors,  Prizes and more!Individual movie tickets will be sold to control seating for Covid restrictions. Theater will be sanitized between films.TITANIC MEGA KAIJU LINE UP! Friday May 14: Theater 1 (The Big Theater)3pm:  GODZILLA (1954)  (96 min)7pm:  MOTHRA (1961)  (101 min) Theater 24pm:  GODZILLA VS HEDORAH (Godzilla vs The Smog Monster) (1971)  (85 min)8pm:  GODZILLA VS GIGAN

    The Japanese release of GODZILLA VS. KONG has been delayed. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Toho Co., Ltd.press release Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Toho Co., Ltd. has announced that they are postponing the Japanese theatrical release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ worldwide box office smash GODZILLA VS. KONG (ゴジラvsコング, Gojira vs Kongu). Scheduled to open in Japan on Friday, May 14th, the film has been delayed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On Friday, April 23rd, Japan's Cabinet Office declared a state of emergency due to a "fourth wave" surge of infections. Toho responded by closing nearly two dozen cinemas across Tokyo, Osaka,  Kyoto and Hyogo Prefecture. The theaters are tentatively

    The Seibuen Amusement Park will soon reopen with a new Godzilla ride attraction. Image courtesy of Seibu Railway Co. © SEIBU Railway Co., LTD. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Seibuen Amusement Park press release SciFi Japan is pleased to share – direct from Seibu Railway Co. -- the press release and large images for the new "Seibuen Amusement Park" that will open next month with new Godzilla and Osamu Tezuka character attractions. Read on for the full details… Seibu Railway Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, President: Kimio Kitamura) and Seibuen Yuenchi Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, President: Takumi Fujii) have announced the grand opening of the new Seibuen Amusement Park on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Photo courtesy of Seibu Railway Co. © SEIBU Railway Co., LTD. First opening in 1950, Seibuen Amusement Park became a popular tourist

    Photo courtesy of Toho. © TOHO CO., LTD. Become Godzilla and Crush Cities Around the World Underfoot in Toho Co., Ltd.’s Latest Thrilling Action Game Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzillagames.jp Special Thanks to Jacara Jenkins Today, April 27 (Tue.), TOHO Games, the game label of Toho Co., Ltd., announces the worldwide release of its mobile game "Godzilla Destruction”. Accompanying the game's release is a new promo video introducing some of its key elements. "Godzilla Destruction" is an exciting and easy to play mobile game where players become the King of the Monsters himself and embark on a global rampage. Players control Godzilla and a host of other monsters with the tap of a finger to crush historical buildings in cities across the globe. The destruction begins today with the game's worldwide release. The latest promo video provides insight into

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Bandai has released more "Movie Monster Series" soft vinyl figures from the Netflix original anime series GODZILLA SINGULAR POINT (ゴジラ S.P <シンギュラポイント>, Gojira S.P < Shingyura Pointo >). The series debuted in Japan on March 25 with a worldwide release on Netflix scheduled for this June.   Movie Monster Series: Godzilla Aquatyris -GODZILLA S.P-/ ムービーモンスターシリーズ ゴジラアクアティリス-ゴジラS.P- Standard Japanese soft vinyl figure of Godzilla Aquatyris from Bandai’s long-running “Movie Monster Series”. Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660477013000 Product Size: Length Approximately 34.5cm (13.6 Inches) Material: PVC Release Date: April 17, 2021 (Japan) Price: ¥ 2,200 (Approximately $ 20.22 US)   Movie Monster Series: Manda -GODZILLA S.P-/ ムービーモンスターシリーズ マンダ-ゴジラS.P- Standard Japanese soft vinyl figure of Manda from Bandai’s long-running “Movie Monster Series”. Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660477051000 Product Size: Length Approximately 33cm (13 Inches) Material:

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian   Comscore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 18, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products. Comscore – Sunday Estimates – Global Weekend Box Office Roundup – April 11, 2021      A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors ■ Global Highlights: Warner Bros.’ GODZILLA VS. KONG has crossed the $300M international and $80M in North America. This weekend the film grossed $19.9M globally from 42 markets in release (including the U.S. and Canada), $12.2M internationally (for

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Toho, Legendary, Warner Bros. Pictures, and more* Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Following our guides for GODZILLA (2014) and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019), SciFi Japan is pleased to present a guide to officially licensed merchandise for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA VS KONG, featuring products from the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, Mexico and the United Kingdom. As was the case with GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, worldwide licensing for the new movie is being handled by Toho and Legendary. *The GGODZILLA VS KONG Licensed Product Guide was created with the cooperation of Toho, Legendary, Warner Bros. and many of the licensing companies. Special Thanks to Rui Machida and Chris Mowry (Toho), Sarah Jarvis, Tracy Brown

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 11, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore’s suite of products. Comscore – Sunday Estimates – Global Weekend Box Office Roundup – April 11, 2021 A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. ■ International Openers: Warner Bros. announced a terrific start this weekend for MORTAL KOMBAT in 17 Middle East and Asian markets grossing an estimated $10.7M from 4,596 screens. The film is set to release in 12 additional markets next weekend

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 11, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore’s suite of products. Comscore – Sunday Estimates – Global Weekend Box Office Roundup – April 11, 2021 A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. ■ International Openers: Warner Bros. announced a terrific start this weekend for MORTAL KOMBAT in 17 Middle East and Asian markets grossing an estimated $10.7M from 4,596 screens. The film is set to release in 12 additional markets next weekend

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Official Site: GodzillavsKong.com Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Special Thanks to Candice McDonough On the heels of its massive opening numbers, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA VS. KONG continues to overtake the global box office, surpassing $350 million in just over two weeks, with numerous markets around the world still to open in the midst of the pandemic. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Overall, the film has earned $357.8 million and counting. Domestically, the film has earned an impressive $69.5 million, with major markets continuing to widen their theater capacities and with much of Canada still working to safely open in more cities. Internationally, GODZILLA VS. KONG has amassed a whopping $288.3 million, thanks in large part

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com (US), godzilla-movie.jp (Japan) Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press materials for the Japanese release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ worldwide box office smash GODZILLA VS. KONG (ゴジラvsコング, Gojira vs Kongu). While the movie has already opened in most international markets, it does not come to Japan until Friday, May 14th. Toho’s press notes are presented below in both English and Japanese… INTRODUCTION Shun Oguri’s Hollywood’s debut! The Great Clash of Destruction God Godzilla vs Guardian God Kong! The Biggest Ultimate Showdown on Earth! Which is the Strongest?!

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has provided an update for the official North American ox office numbers for the three day weekend of April 2-4, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. GODZILLA VS. KONG dominated the box office with the highest opening since the pandemic began. About Comscore, Inc. Comscore is a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms. With transformative data science and vast audience insights across digital, linear TV, over-the-top (OTT) and theatrical viewership, we are a powerful third-party source for reliable measurement of cross-platform audiences. For more information on GODZILLA VS. KONG, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: Cameras Roll on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Entertainment’s GODZILLA VS. KONG Toho and

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures press release Official Site: GodzillavsKong.com Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Special Thanks to Candice McDonough Riding the wave of a massive opening in international markets, including $137.1 million in China so far, GODZILLA VS. KONG debuted this week in the U.S. in theaters and on HBO Max, taking in $48.5 million at the domestic box office over five days, pushing the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures film close to the $300 million mark at the global box office in its 12th day in release. Legendary handled all aspects of the film’s release in China. The announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, Jeff Goldstein, and President of International Distribution, Andrew Cripps. Despite the ongoing challenges in markets throughout the world due to the

    Source: Comscore Official Movie Site: GodzillavsKong.com Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian Comscore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 4, 2021, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore’s suite of products. Of primary interest to SciFi Japan readers is the strong box office debut for GODZILLA VS. KONG. “The importance of the bigger than expected performance of GvK cannot be overstated,” Paul Dergarabedian, Sr. Media Analyst for Comscore, told SFJ. “Pre-release speculation was all over the map and despite the predictions for the end of the movie theater experience as we know it, the movie fans who spoke

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Official Site: GodzillavsKong.com Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong With the release of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures’ GODZILLA VS KONG mere weeks away, new international posters have been revealed. About GODZILLA VS KONG On March 31, 2021 from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes the long-awaited face-off between two icons in the epic adventure GODZILLA VS KONG, starring Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, with Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir, under the direction of Adam Wingard, from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, story by Terry Rossio and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields, based on the character “Godzilla” owned

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Official Site: GodzillavsKong.com Official Facebook: @GodzillaVsKong Official Instagram: @GodzillaVsKong Official Twitter: @GodzillaVsKong Special Thanks to Liza Nedelman Warner Bros. Pictures has provided SciFi Japan with their new poster for GODZILLA VS KONG. About GODZILLA VS KONG On March 31, 2021 from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes the long-awaited face-off between two icons in the epic adventure GODZILLA VS KONG, starring Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, with Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir, under the direction of Adam Wingard, from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, story by Terry Rossio and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields, based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Legends collide in GODZILLA VS KONG as these mythic adversaries

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: tohostage.com/spirited_away Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Toho Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce the world premiere of a new theatrical production based on Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning film SPIRITED AWAY (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi). This production will be the first ever stage adaptation of the 2001 animated masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki which became a massive box office hit in Japan and earned worldwide acclaim including Academy Award for Best Animated Feature of 2002. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning director and Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Caird (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nickleby, Daddy Long Legs), who has been an admirer of the film for years will write and direct the stage adaptation Chihiro, the heroine of the story, is a 10-year-old girl moving with her parents to their new

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