News Japanese Box Office, December 12-13
posted on 2009-12-16 19:12 EST
One Piece Film Strong World, the 10th anime film based on Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga, opened at #1 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's Japanese box office chart during the December 12-13 weekend. According to Variety and Rentrak Theatrical, it earned US$11,692,830 on 188 screens for an unsually high per-screen average of US$62,196 — the record for a nationwide release in Japan after the passing of fire safety laws. The film's opening weekend box office total is more than what Ponyo or Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince garnered in their first two days in Japanese theaters.
Part of the reason for the huge audiences was the One Piece Volume 0 manga that was given to the first attendees. Toei has decided to add another printing of 1 million copies for the manga. Unlike previous One Piece films, Oda had personally overseen the new film's production.
Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Double & Decade: Movie War 2010 debuted at #2 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart. On Rentrak Theatrical's chart, it debuted at #3 with US$5,096,420 on 292 screens. Another live-action special-effects film, Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend The Movie, landed at #5 with US$1,698,375 on 135 screens.
Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection, the first film in the Yamato space opera franchise in 26 years, landed at #7. It garnered US$1,088,008 on 213 screens.
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 fell from #8 off the chart in its eighth weekend. Macross Frontier ~Itsuwari no Utahime~, the first film based on Shoji Kawamori and Satelight's Macross Frontier, also dropped from #9 (#8 on Rentrak Theatrical) off the chart in its fourth weekend.
Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha
Image © Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
© 2009 One Piece Production Committee
© 2009 Yoshinobu Nishizaki
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, December 5-6