Japanese Box Office: March 1–2

posted on 2008-03-07 17:08 EST
L film drops to #2 with opening of #1's Golden Compass, #3's One Piece

L Change the woRld, the live-action Death Note spinoff starring Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Nana, Sexy Voice and Robo, Detroit Metal City), fell to #2 at the Japanese box office (March 1–2) after three weekends at #1. It earned the equivalent of US$2,200,020 on 316 screens to add to its US$23,630,116 gross-to-date (Box Office Mojo). The drop came after the openings of #1's foreign film remake of Philip Pullman's Northern Lights/The Golden Compass novel, #3's One Piece: Episode of Chopper + Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura, and #4's Chō Gekijōban Keroro Gunso 3: Keroro Tai Keroro - Tenkū Daikessen de Arimasu!.

The ninth film adaptation of the Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and television anime series took in US$1,574,571 on 293 screens in its first weekend. The title, which roughly translates to One Piece: Episode of Chopper: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura, refers to the Winter Island or Drum Island story arc which introduces the Chopper character. According to the producers, Oda directly participated in the movie's development.

The last manga-related movie on the top-10 list was the 3rd Keroro Gunso or Sgt. Frog movie. Keroro Gunso the Super Movie 3: Keroro vs. Keroro: There's a Great Duel in the Sky! has the title character facing Dark Keroro, a malevolent alter ego of himself. The film earned US$1,039,821 on 163 screens in its opening.

Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha

Image © Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation © 2008 One Piece Production Committee

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office: March 8–9 (2008-03-13 19:01)
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