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Japanese Box Office, April 24-25

posted on 2010-04-29 22:58 EDT
Gintama debuts in top 5; Nodame, Detective Conan, Shin-chan stay in top 10

Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky, the 14th film in the Detective Conan franchise, stayed at #2 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's box office chart during the April 24-25 weekend, the film's second weekend in theaters. According to Box Office Mojo, the film ranked #3 and earned US$3,721,248 on 352 screens for a two-week total of US$12,184,286. In the film's story, Conan's rival, the Kid the Phantom Thief (Kaitō Kid), has his eyes set on the "Lady of the Sky" jewel aboard Bell Tree I, the largest airship in the world. However, a mysterious terrorist group called Red Shamu-neko has hijacked the airship itself, along with Conan and his allies Kogoro and Ran.

Nodame Cantabile Saishū Gakushō Kō-hen (Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score Part II), the second film in the two-part theatrical finale inspired by Tomoko Ninomiya's Nodame Cantabile musical romance manga, stayed at #3 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart during its second weekend. The film ranked at #2 on Box Office Mojo's chart and garnered US$3,855,816 on 410 screens for a total-to-date of US$14,443,395.

Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen (Gintama: Benizakura Arc — A New Retelling), the first film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama alternate-history gag manga, debuted at #4 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart. According to Box Office Mojo, the film ranked at #5 and picked up US$2,118,342 on just 90 screens. As the title implies, the film depicts a new version of the popular Benizakura story arc from the television anime series.

Crayon Shin-chan: Chō Jikū! Arashi o Yobu Ora no Hanayome, the 18th film in the Crayon Shin-chan anime franchise, fell from #4 to #6 during its second weekend. The film earned US$1,688,132 on 325 screens for a two-week total of US$5,176,219. For the first time in the series, the film will depict the future of the title character and his previously unseen bride, Tamiko.

My Darling is a Foreigner, the live-action film adaptation of Saori Oguri's 2002 autobiographical Darling wa Gaikokujin essay manga, fell from #7 to #10 during its third weekend. The film added US$500,769 on 250 screens for a total-to-date of US$4,571,028. Mao Inoue (Hana Yori Dango [2005], Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu) stars as Saori, a Japanese woman who marries a foreign husband named Tony (Jonathan Sherr).

The live-action film adaptation of Inio Asano's acclaimed Solanin romance manga fell from Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart during its fourth weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the film ranked #12 and took in US$266,857 on 108 screens, for a four-week total of US$4,318,312. Aoi Miyazaki (live-action NANA film, Origin ~Spirits of the Past~, Someday's Dreamers, Tomie: Forbidden Fruit) stars in the film as the heroine Meiko, while Kengo Kora will play her boyfriend Naruo. Takahiro Miki (DNA Sights 999.9), the director best known for music videos for Orange Range and YUI, is overseeing the project.

Doraemon: Nobita no Ningyo Daikaisen, (Doraemon: Nobita's Great Merman Sea Battle) fell from Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart during its eighth weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the film ranked at #13 and picked up US$136,036 on 305 screens for a total-to-date of US$32,492,870. This is the 30th movie in the popular children's anime franchise, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble, the first film based on Yasuhiro Nightow's popular Trigun manga, debuted off Kogyo Tsushinsha's top-10 chart. According to Box Office Mojo, the film ranked at #14 and earned US$131,431 on 10 screens. Director Satoshi Nishimura, character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu, mechanical designer Noriyuki Jinguji, and musical composer Tsuneo Imahori returned to the franchise after having worked on the television series. Nightow and Nishimura conceived of the story concepts, which Yasuko Kobayashi (Claymore, Shakugan no Shana, Witchblade anime) turned into a shooting script. Masaya Onosaka, Sho Hayami, Hiromi Tsuru, and Satsuki Yukino are reprising their roles of Vash the Stampede, Nicolas D. Wolfwood, Meryl Stryfe, and Milly Thompson, respectively.

The Precure All Stars DX2: Kibō no Hikari—Rainbow Jewel o Mamore! (Precure All Stars DX2: Light of Hope— Protect the Rainbow Angel!) magical girl anime film dropped off of Kogyo Tsushinsha's top-10 chart during its sixth weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the film ranked at #15 and earned US$127,186 on 120 screens for a total-to-date of US$11,653,289. The film features all 17 cure soldiers, including characters from the current seventh Pretty Cure series, Heartcatch Precure!

Liar Game: The Final Stage, the theatrical film adaptation of Shinobu Kaitani's Liar Game psychological thriller manga, fell from Box Office Mojo's chart in its eighth weekend.

Images © 2010 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Production Committee
© 2009 Fuji TV, Kodansha, Amuse, TOHO, FNS27
© Hideaki Sorachi/Gintama movie Production Committee
© Yoshito Usui/Futabasha, Shinei, TV Asahi, ADK 2010
© 2010 My Darling is a Foreigner Film Partners
© Hiroshi Fujimoto / Motoo Abiko / TOHO
© Yasuhiro Nightow/Shounen Gahousha, Trigun Production Committee
© 2010 Precure All Stars DX Movie Production Committee


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