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Japanese Box Office, November 28-29

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1st Macross Frontier film attracts 220,000+; BokuKimi, Precure stay

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 stayed at #8 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's Japanese box office chart during the November 28-29 weekend. According to Variety and Rentrak Theatrical, the film added the equivalent of US$704,525 to its gross-to-date of US$22,509,562. The film played on 302 screens in its sixth 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 Kimi-tachi e, Robo Rock's Masaki Okada), a boy being treated for a fatal condition by her cardiologist father.

Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime, the first film based on Shōji Kawamori and Satelight's Macross Frontier, dropped to #10 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart in its second weekend. However, on Rentrak Theatrical, chart, it stayed at #9 and earned US$636,691 on just 30 screens for a per-screen average of US$21,223.

After two weekends, Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime has attracted over 220,000 viewers and earned a total of US$2,627,707. Much like the two recent Evangelion films, theaters reported sold-out showings and standing-room-only audiences during the first three days of the film's opening. The story takes place in an alien war 50 years after the first Macross series, and revolves around a fighter pilot named Alto Saotome and two singers named Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee.

Fresh Precure! Omocha no Kuni wa Himitsu ga Ippai!? (Fresh Pretty Cure the Movie: The Kingdom of Toys) rose from #10 to #9 in its fourth weekend on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart. On Rentrak Theatrical's chart, it stayed at #10 and garnered US$497,532 on 158 screens for a total to date of US$7,900,588. Toei Animation based this film on the latest Precure television anime series; it is the seventh film in the long-running magical girl franchise.

The only new film in the top 10 was Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which ranked #5 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart. On Rentrak Theatrical's chart, it ranked at #6 and earned US$792,439 on 197 screens.

Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha, animeanime.jp

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, December 5-6 (2009-12-11 17:39)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, November 21-22
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