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Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
Three weekends after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster, the top 30 films at the Japanese box office only dipped 1.1% despite the delay of some new films. The current movies continued to add more screens as theaters reopened after the earthquake.
Doraemon: Shin Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan - Habatake Tenshi-tachi, Yukiyo Teramoto and Shinei Animation's remake of the 1986 film Doraemon: Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan (Doraemon: Nobita and the Platoon of Iron Men), stayed at #2 in its fourth weekend on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart. On Box Office Mojo's chart, it dropped from #2 to #3 and earned the equivalent of US$2,364,221 (4.2% increase over the previous weekend) on 309 screens (34 more than the previous weekend) for a total-to-date of US$16,664,423.
Precure All-Stars DX3 Mirai ni Todoke! Sekai o Tsunagu Niji-Iro no Hana, Takashi Otsuka's third film to combine the casts of all the Pretty Cure (Precure) magical girl television series to date, dropped from #3 to #4 in its second weekend on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart. On Box Office Mojo's chart, it stayed at #4 with US$1,625,135 on 149 screens (19 more than the previous weekend) for a gross-to-date of US$4,963,944.
Jump Heroes Film, the double-billing of Toriko 3D: Kaimaku Gourmet Adventure!! and One Piece 3D: Mugiwara Chase, dropped from #7 to #8 in its second weekend on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart. On Box Office Mojo's chart, it stayed at #7 and added US$1,029,024 on 139 screens (14 more than the previous weekend) to its total of US$3,977,257.
Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa, the second anime film based on Shoji Kawamori and Satelight's Macross Frontier science-fiction series, rose from #11 to #10 in its fifth weekend. It earned US$396,850 (19.2% increase over the previous weekend) on 37 screens (4 more than the previous weekend) for a gross-to-date of US$5,792,000.
The stereoscopic 3D conversion of Kenji Kamiyama and Production I.G's Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society movie opened at #11 with US$285,268 on nine screens.
The first film in Shinsuke Sato's live-action adaptation of Hiroya Oku's Gantz action manga fell from #10 to #12 in its ninth weekend. It earned US$274,365 on 257 screens (20 more than the previous weekend) to add to its total of US$40,177,110.
Gekijō-ban Anime Nintama Rantaro Ninjutsu Gakuen Zenin Shutsudō! no Dan, the film based on the ninja comedy television anime Nintama Rantaro, slipped from #13 to #14 in its third weekend. It earned US$218,390 on 118 screens (18 more than the previous weekend for a total of US$1,170,291.
The #1 film for the third weekend is the live-action drama spinoff SP Kakumei-Hen.