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Japanese Box Office: May 17–18

posted on by Egan Loo
Anime/manga-related films each drop one spot for Charlie Wilson's War

This year's Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: Full Score of Fear, dropped from #4 to #5 at the Japanese box office during the May 17–18 weekend as Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War opened in Japan at #3. The film features a previously unreleased song by Zard, the singer of many Detective Conan themes who passed away last May. In its fifth weekend, it added the equivalent of US$711,221 on 325 screens (Box Office Mojo) to its US$20,880,327 total to date. The theatrical version of the Aibo television detective series stayed at #1 for a third weekend.

Shaolin Girl, the loose sequel to Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer martial arts comedy film, slipped from #5 to #6 with US$641,554 on 312 screens. It now has a gross-to-date of US$12,360,992 after four weeks. The film stars Kou Shibasaki (Battle Royale, Dororo) as the title character. Suna-dokei (Sand Chronicles), the live-action film adaptation of Hinako Ashihara's manga of the same name, fell from #7 to #8 with US$475,485 on 245 screens. It now has a total of US$7,963,371. Viz Media is publishing the English version of the manga, and the manga has already been adapted in a live-action television series with a different cast than the film's.

The 16th Crayon Shin-chan film, Crayon Shin-chan: Chō Arashi wo Yobu Kinpoko no Yūsha, fell from #8 to #9 in its fifth weekend. Mitsuru Hongo, the original director of Crayon Shin-chan (as well as of Outlaw Star and Spirit of Wonder), returned to the franchise for the first time since 1996. The film took in US$395,922 on 271 screens for a US$10,895,732 total haul.

Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office: May 24–25, May 31–June 1 (2008-06-03 23:57)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office: May 10–11
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