American movie studios just love to remake old movies. It's been happening since the start of film itself. A movie idea becomes popular with fans and the studio execs say, "Hey, they liked that. We should do it again."
While some film buffs complain every time a new remake is released, there's some hard truth here: many Americans would have never experienced the story if it hadn't been remade. In this case, we're talking about foreign-language movies remade by American movie studios. The script is translated to English and tweaked to fit the American culture. The original actors are replacing with English-speaking counterparts--and suddenly American audiences are clamoring to see these films.
In 2014, a big-budget remake will be coming out in America, and its based on Japanese movies. Godzilla comes out mid-May and is directed by Gareth Edwards. To celebrate this release, we're talking about successful American remakes of Japanese films today. These movies brought Japanese stories to English-speaking audiences--and they did very well at the box office. You may be surprised to find that they span a wide range of genres--from Westerns to romantic dance flicks and everywhere in between.
7 The Magnificent Seven (1960) - $55.5 Million Domestically
6 A Fistful of Dollars (1964) - $107.5 Million Domestically
5 Eight Below (2006) - $120.5 Million Worldwide
4 Shall We Dance? (2004) - $170.1 Million Worldwide
3 3. The Grudge (2004) - $187.2 Million Worldwide
2 The Ring (2002) - $249.3 Million Worldwide
1 Godzilla (1998) - $379 Million Worldwide
Although there's a new Godzilla movie coming out this spring, it definitely isn't the first and it probably won't be the last. Godzilla is an American remake of the 1954 Japanese monster movie Gojira. In the 1998 version of the movie, France decides to test some atomic bombs in the South Pacific. Unfortunately, all that radiation affects a nest of nearby lizards and one grows super gigantic. Where does it want to spend its time wreaking havoc? New York City. It stars Matthew Broderick as the plucky scientist trying to figure it all out. Although the reviews weren't very good, Godzilla was still a big hit at the box office. It earned $55.7 million during its opening weekend and $379 million worldwide overall.
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