Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
Always Zoku San-chōme no Yūhi (ALWAYS: Sunset on Third Street 2) stayed at #1 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's top ten chart for the Japanese box office in the December 1-2 weekend. Despite the opening of the computer-graphics epic Beowulf and a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Sanjuro, Sunset on Third Street 2 earned the equivalent of US$1,935,782 (Box Office Mojo) this past weekend for a gross of US$29,141,279 to date. Director Takashi Yamazaki adapted Ryōhei Saigan's Sanchoume no Yuuhi - Yuuyake no Uta manga about life after World War II.
Yes! Precure 5: Kagami no Kuni no Miracle Daibōken!, the anime movie spinoff from the Yes! Precure 5 magical girl television series, dropped from #7 to #8 in its fourth weekend. Its weekend total was US$554,930, with a gross-to-date total of US$5,690,745. Crows Zero, Takashi Miike's prequel to Yukihiko Tsutsumi's Crows school brawl manga, traded places with Precure 5 as it dropped from #6 to #9 in its sixth week. However, the Box Office Mojo website actually tallied more earnings for Crows Zero with US$576,050 over the weekend and a total of US$19,826,203 to date.
Image © 2007 Always Zoku San-chōme no Yūhi Production Committee