Japanese Box Office, November 14-15

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Takehiko Shinjō's live-action film adaptation of Kotomi Aoki's Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu (I Give My First Love to You) romance manga dropped from #2 to #5 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's Japanese box office chart during the November 14-15 weekend. According to Variety and Rentrak Theatrical, the film added the equivalent of US$1,636,889 to its gross-to-date of US$17,924,170. The film played on 302 screens in its fourth weekend. In this shōjo romance story, actress Mao Inoue (Hana Yori Dango, Anmitsu-hime) plays a girl named Mayu who experiences first love with Takuma (Hana Zakari no Kimitachi e, Robo Rock's Masaki Okada), a boy being treated for a fatal condition by her cardiologist father.

Fresh Precure! Omocha no Kuni wa Himitsu ga Ippai!? (Fresh Pretty Cure the Movie: The Kingdom of Toys) also fell from #4 to #7 in its third weekend. It garnered US$893,943 on 159 screens for a total to date of US$5,669,603. Toei Animation based this film on the latest Precure television anime series; it is the seventh film in the long-running magical girl franchise.

Tōya Satō's live-action film version of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji manga dropped from #5 to #9. It earned US$553,009 on 306 screens in its sixth weekend to add to its total of US$23,404,359. Death Note star Tatsuya Fujiwara stars in the title role of a gambler trying to clear 3.49 million yen (about US$36,000) in debt.

The animated film adaptation of The Rebirth of Buddha (Buddha Saitan) book by controversial religious figure Ryuho Okawa dropped from #6 off the charts. According to Rentrak Theatrical, the new #1 film was Robert Zemeckis and Disney's A Christmas Carol with US$3,186,707 on 515 screens. (Kogyo Tsushinsha still listed the previous week's #1 film, Michael Jackson's This is It, as the #1 film of the November 14-15 weekend.

Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, November 21-22 (2009-12-06 23:58)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, November 7-8
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