News Japanese Box Office, April 14-15
posted on 2012-05-13 20:20 EDT
Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu! Ora to Uchū no Princess, the 20th film in the Crayon Shin-chan franchise, opened in the No. 4 spot. It grossed 192,436,392 yen (US$2,379,577) on 330 screens. The story sends the title kindergartener and his family to outer space.
The first film in Takahiro Miki's two-part live-action film adaptation of Yuuki Obata's We Were There (Bokura ga Ita) romance manga fell from No. 2 to No. 6 during its fifth weekend. Toma Ikuta (Akihabara @ DEEP) and Yuriko Yoshitaka (Gantz) lead the films' cast. The story follows a girl named Nanami Takahashi (Yoshitaka) as she struggles with her decade-long relationship with Motoharu Yano (Ikuta), her high school's most popular boy who has his own issues from his past. The film earned 101,994,538 yen (US$1,261,216) on 295 screens for a gross-to-date total of 2,095,443,677 yen (US$25,911,261).
Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~, this year's Doraemon film, dropped from No. 3 to No. 9 during its seventh weekend. The story takes the robot cat Doraemon, his owner Nobita, and their friends to an island paradise full of animals that would have otherwise gone extinct. The film guest stars Nana Mizuki, Kouichi Yamadera, Masako Nozawa, and Atsuko Tanaka. The film earned 47,892,427 yen (US$592,215) on 328 screens for a gross-to-date of 3,405,327,172 yen (US$42,108,658).
The Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi film dropped from No. 6 to No. 11 during its fifth weekend. The film is the fourth to unite all 28 main characters from the Precure magical girl franchise. The film earned 32,998,599 yen (US$408,045) on 170 screens for a new total of 935,812,356 yen (US$11,571,811).
The live-action Ultraman Saga film fell from No. 9 to No. 12 during its fourth weekend. The film features the new character Ultraman Saga (voiced by Mamoru Miyano) and the returning heroes Ultraman Zero/Nozomu Taiga (BREAKERZ musician DAIGO), Ultraman Dyna/Shin Asuka (Takeshi Tsuruno), and Ultraman Cosmos/Musashi Haruno (Taiyō Sugiura). The film also stars seven members of the all-female idol group AKB48 as the Earth Defense Force's "Team U." The film earned 25,894,897 yen (US$320,204) on 247 screens for a gross-to-date total of 494,924,885 yen (US$6,120,006).
The live-action film adaptation of Bisco Hatori's Ouran High School Host Club romantic comedy manga stayed at No. 16 during its fifth weekend. 17-year-old actress Haruna Kawaguchi (Yankee-kun to Megane-chan, Moshidora) reprises her lead role as Haruhi in the film. The film depicts an aspect of the story not seen in the live-action television series, although Hatori herself is collaborating on the script. The film earned 2,129,145 yen (US$26,328) on 53 screens for a new total of 225,023,686 yen (US$2,782,536).
The live-action film adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Arakawa Under the Bridge manga dropped from No. 19 to No. 22 during its 11th weekend to earn 9,866 yen (US$122) on one screen for a new total of 270,732,381 yen (US$3,347,748).
The Strike Witches film is no longer listed.
Source: Box Office Mojo
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, April 7-8