Godzilla stomped its way all over the international box office at the weekend, pulling in nearly $US200 million ($AU213 million) worldwide, making it the biggest global opening so far this year.
It’s unsurprising that a sequel is already being lined up with Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. developing another outing for the giant monster-lizard, according to Deadline.com.
Since its release last Thursday, it has racked up $93.2 million in the US, with $103 million internationally. Box-office figures put the film's opening weekend in Australia at $6.8 million across 498 screens - the biggest opener on home turf this year.
British director Gareth Edwards has scored a big win, appealing to both the blockbuster market and purist fans of the mutated reptile who first appeared in Japanese science-fiction thriller Godzilla in 1954.
He also assembled a high-calibre cast, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanbe, Juliette Binoche and Bryan Cranston.
An earlier reboot of Godzilla, starring Matthew Broderick in 1998, scored nearly $400 million at the global box office, but early estimates are that Edwards’ version could double that.
In the US, Captain America: The Winter Soldier remains the biggest weekend opener with a tally of $95 million. Godzilla will also face strong competition from X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens in Australia this Thursday.