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Japanese Box Office, July 25-26

posted on by Egan Loo

Kunihiko Yuyama's Pocket Monster Diamond & Pearl: Chōkoku no Jikū e, the 12th film in the Pokémon anime franchise, stayed at #2 below David Yates' Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Kogyo Tsushinsha's Japanese box office chart during the July 25-26 weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, it earned US$3,768,976 on 366 screens in its second weekend to add to its total of US$18,461,964. The previous film, Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, set a Guinness World Record for most ticket pre-sales for an animated film at 2,384,198 tickets.

Gokusen the Movie, Tōya Satō's live-action theatrical film based on Kozueko Morimoto's Gokusen school comedy manga, also stayed at #4 in its third weekend. It earned US$1,953,757 on 409 screens for a gross-to-date of US$18,117,363. After three television series, Yukie Nakama is reprising her starring role of Kumiko "Yankumi" Yamaguchi, the high school teacher with yakuza ties, one last time for the film.

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha), the second anime film in Hideaki Anno and Khara's four-part theatrical remake of Gainax's Evangelion television anime series, remained at #5 in its fifth weekend. It earned the equivalent of US$1,209,714 on 122 screens for a total of US$28,258,793.

Rookies: Graduation (Rookies ~Sotsugyō-), Yūichirō Hirakawa's theatrical finale to his live-action television drama adaptation of Masanori Morita's Rookies baseball manga, rose from #7 to #6 in its ninth weekend. It added US$748,804 on 339 screens for a gross-to-date of US$83,675,401.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Mainichi Shimbun

Update: Summary's numbering fixed. Thanks, Chappers.

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, August 1-2 (2009-08-23 23:57)
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