News Japanese Box Office: May 3–4
posted on 2008-05-11 22:24 EDT
This year's Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: Full Score of Fear, dropped from #1 to #2 at the Japanese box office during the May 3–4 holiday weekend despite an increase in ticket sales. The film features a previously unreleased song by Zard, the singer of many Detective Conan themes who passed away last May. It added the equivalent of US$3,219,484 on 335 screens (Box Office Mojo) to its US$14,552,142 total to date. The theatrical version of the Aibo television detective series was the new #1 film.
Shaolin Girl, the loose sequel to Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer martial arts comedy film, slipped one spot to #3 with US$2,212,832 on 312 screens. It now has a total of US$6,782,952. The film stars Kou Shibasaki (Battle Royale, Dororo) as the title character. The 16th Crayon Shin-chan film, Crayon Shin-chan: Chō Arashi wo Yobu Kinpoko no Yūsha, stayed at #4 in its second weekend. Mitsuru Hongo, the original director of Crayon Shin-chan (as well as of Outlaw Star and Spirit of Wonder), returned to the franchise for the first time since 1996. The film took in $1,881,080 on 317 screens for a US$7,553,341 total haul.
Sunadokei (Sand Chronicles), the live-action film adaptation of Hinako Ashihara's manga of the same name, fell from #5 to #6 with US$1,208,373 on 244 screens. It now has a total of US$4,312,304. Viz Media is publishing the English version of the manga, and the manga has already been adapted in a live-action television series with a different cast than the film's. Kamen Rider: Den-O & Kiva dropped again from #7 to #9. It earned US$495,689 on 136 screens to add to its US$5,590,434 total after three weeks.
Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha
Image © Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Production Committee
follow-up of Japanese Box Office: April 26–27