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Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
Takehiko Shinjō's live-action film adaptation of Kotomi Aoki's Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu (I Give My First Love to You) romance manga stayed at #8 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's Japanese box office chart during the December 5-6 weekend. However, according to Variety and Rentrak Theatrical, the film dropped to #9 and added the equivalent of US$413,173 to its gross-to-date of US$22,630,272. The film played on 300 screens in its seventh weekend. In this shōjo romance story, actress Mao Inoue (Hana Yori Dango, Anmitsu-hime) plays a girl named Mayu who experiences first love with Takuma (Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e, Robo Rock's Masaki Okada), a boy being treated for a fatal condition by her cardiologist father.
Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime, the first film based on Shoji Kawamori and Satelight's Macross Frontier, rose from #10 to #9 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart in its third weekend. On Rentrak Theatrical, chart, it rose from #9 to #8 and earned US$446,491 on just 30 screens for a per-screen average of US$14,883. It now has a box office total of US$3,529,604. The story takes place in an alien war 50 years after the first Macross series, and revolves around a fighter pilot named Alto Saotome and two singers named Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee.
Fresh Precure! Omocha no Kuni wa Himitsu ga Ippai!? (Fresh Pretty Cure the Movie: The Kingdom of Toys) dropped from #10 off Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart in its fifth weekend. The only new film in the top 10 was Pete Docter's Up, which ranked #1 with US$6,992,874 on 663 screens.
Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha
Image © 2009 Big West/Macross F Movie Production Committee