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Japanese Box Office, March 22-23

posted on 2009-03-26 00:26 EDT
Yatterman's 3rd week on top; Drop, Precure open at #4, #5; Dragonball falls to #8

Takashi Miike's live-action adaptation of the Yatterman science-fiction comedy anime remained on top of Kogyo Tsushinsha's Japanese box office chart during the March 22-23 weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, it added the equivalent of US$2,573,218 to its total of US$16,826,057 in its third weekend on 312 screens.

Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Uchū Kaitakushi (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's How Space Was Won, New Edition), the second anime film remake of a classic 1980-1981 Doraemon manga story that sends the title robot cat to space, dropped from #2 to #3 in its third weekend to make way for Bryan Singer's Valkyrie. It took in US$2,143,212 on 364 screens to add to its gross-to-date of US$11,429,405.

Drop, comedian Hiroshi Shinagawa's live-action adaptation of his own coming-of-age novel, opened at #4 and took in US$1,738,099 on 140 screens. (It opened on Friday, so its total at the end of the weekend was actually US$2,544,595.) The film retells a loosely autobiographical story of how a boy was inspired by the Be-Bop-Highschool fighting manga to join a delinquent gang.

Toei Animation's Precure All Stars DX: Minna Tomodachi—Kiseki no Zenin Daishūgō film opened at #5 and earned US$1,464,617 on 156 screens. Like Drop, this fifth-anniversary Pre Cure magical girl film also opened on Friday, and thus had a gross-to-date of US$2,486,265 by the end of the weekend.

James Wong and 20th Century Fox's live-action adaptation of Akira Toriyama's Dragonball fighting manga dropped from #3 to #8 with US$1,043,528 on 539 screens. Its total stood at US$6,149,421.

Chō Gekijōban Keroro Gunso 4: Gekishin! DRAGON WARRIORS De arimasu! (Sgt. Frog the Super Movie 4: There Are Invading Dragon Warriors!), the fourth anime movie based on Mine Yoshizaki's Keroro Gunsō (Sgt. Frog) science fiction comedy manga and anime, dropped from #7 off the chart in its third weekend.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha

Image © Tatsunoko Production © 2008 Tatsunoko Production/Yatterman Film Partners © 2009 Drop Production Committee


This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, March 28-29 (2009-04-06 06:08)
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