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Japanese Box Office, September 27–28: 20th Drops to #5 (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Ikigami opens at #6; Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea slips to #7

The first segment of Yukihiko Tsutsumi's three-part adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys manga dropped from #3 to #5 in its fifth weekend at the Japanese box office. It had earned about 4 billion yen (about US$38 million) as of September 26. Jon Favreau's live-action film version of Marvel's Iron Man comic franchise 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, dropped from #2 to #3 in its third weekend.

Tomoyuki Takimoto's live-action version of Motorō Mase's Ikigami: The Ultmate Limit suspense manga (pictured at right) opened at #6. 98,000 people paid 134.24 million yen (US$1.26 million) to see it this past weekend. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Hayao Miyazaki's first feature film in nearly four years, dropped from #5 to #6 in its 11th weekend. As of September 26, it had earned over 14.5 billion yen (US$140 million). Daikessen! Super Ultra 8 Kyōdai, Takeshi Yagi's newest entry in the Ultraman franchise, also fell from #6 to #9 in its third weekend.

Toshio Lee's live-action adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi's Detroit Metal City rock parody manga slipped from #8 off the chart in its sixth weekend. It had earned 2.3–2.5 billion yen (US$21–24 million) before the weekend.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Variety Japan, Variety Japan (second link)

Update: Naoki Urasawa's spelling corrected. Thanks, Ryan Moore.

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, October 4–5: 20th Drops to #7 (2008-10-08 23:10)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, September 20–21: 20th Drops to #3 (Updated)
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