News Japanese Box Office, May 9-10
posted on 2009-05-31 23:57 EDT
Meitantei Conan: Shikkoku no Chaser (Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser), the 13th film based on Gosho Aoyama's popular shōnen manga about a brilliant detective trapped in a child's body, dropped from #1 to #3 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's Japanese box office chart during the May 9-10 weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, it took in the equivalent of US$1,519,980 on 341 screens during its fourth weekend for a total of US$30,632,820.
Gekijōban Chō Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade Neo Generations Onigashima no Senkan, the bridge movie between three live-action special-effects projects (Kamen Rider Den-O, Kamen Rider Decade, and Chō Den-O), also fell from #4 to #5 in its second weekend. It earned US$745,401 on 170 screens to add to its US$5,723,753 total.
Crows Zero II, Takashi Miike's second prequel film to Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows fighting manga, slipped from #5 to #6 in its fifth weekend. It earned US$811,142 on 314 screens for a gross-to-date of US$27,501,494. Shun Oguri (Hana Yori Dango, Gokusen, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa) reprises his role of high school delinquent Genji in this story set eight months after the first schoolyard-brawl film and just before Genji's graduation.
Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Otakebe! Kasukabe Yasei Ōkoku (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Roar! Kasukabe Wild Kingdom), the 17th film based on Yoshito Usui's comedy manga and anime, dropped from #6 to #8 in its fourth weekend. It garnered US$466,778 on 310 screens to add to its total of US$9,565,631.
The new #1 film was the theatrical version of the Yomei Ikkagetsu no Hanayome (April Bride) romance television series (which in turn was based on a true story). It debuted with US$4,281,815 on 310 screens.
Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha
image © 2009 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Production Committee
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, May 2-3
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