Japanese Box Office, September 20–21: 20th Drops to #3 (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The first segment of Yukihiko Tsutsumi's three-part adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys manga dropped from #1 to #3 in its fourth weekend at the Japanese box office. Timur Bekmambetov's live-action film version of Mark Millar's Wanted comic book opened as the new #1 movie. Paco and the Magical Book, the surreal live-action fantasy film that reunites director Tetsuya Nakashima, actress Anna Tsuchiya, and other key players from the Kamikaze Girls film, stayed at #2 in its second weekend.
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Hayao Miyazaki's first feature film in nearly four years, dropped from #3 to #5 in its tenth weekend. Daikessen! Super Ultra 8 Kyōdai, Takeshi Yagi's newest entry in the Ultraman franchise, also fell from #4 to #6 in its second weekend. Toshio Lee's live-action adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi's Detroit Metal City rock parody manga slipped from #7 to #8 in its fifth weekend.
The live-action film version of Yumiko Ōshima's Gou-Gou Datte Neko De Aru (Cher Gou-Gou…mon petit chat, mon petit ami) manga, as directed by Isshin Inudou (live-action Touch film), dropped from #10 off the chart in its tenth weekend.
Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha
Image © 1999 Naoki Urasawa Studio Nuts/Shogakukan
© 2008 20th Century Boys Movie Production Committee
Update: Naoki Urasawa's spelling corrected. Thanks, Ryan Moore.
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, September 13–14: 20th Stays at #1
this article has been modified since it was originally posted; see change history