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Japanese Box Office, January 9-10

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Higanjima debuts at #9, Nodame, One Piece, Tsuri Baka Nisshi, Kamen Rider stay

Nodame Cantabile Saishū Gakushō Zen-Pen (Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score Part I), the first film in a two-part theatrical finale inspired by Tomoko Ninomiya's Nodame Cantabile musical romance manga, stayed at #2 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's Japanese box office chart during the January 9-10 weekend. According to Variety and Rentrak Theatrical, it earned US$2,472,188 on 409 screens during its fourth weekend for a total-to-date of US$31,043,916.

One Piece Film Strong World, the 10th anime film based on Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga, stayed at #4 for a second week. In its fifth weekend, it added US$1,753,517 on 194 screens to its total of US$44,506,849.

Tsuri Baka Nisshi 20: Final (Free and Easy 20: Final), the film based on Juzo Yamasaki and Kenichi Kitami's Tsuri Baka Nisshi (Diary of a Fishing Fool) comedy manga, stayed at #5 for a second week. It earned US$785,242 on 176 screens in its third wekend for a total-to-date of US$5,590,459. The movie was announced last April as the last chapter in the venerable movie franchise.

Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Double & Decade: Movie War 2010 stayed at #6 (#7 on Rentrak Theatrical's chart). It earned US$673,179 on 293 screens in its fifth weekend to add to its US$15,277,887 total.

Tae-Gyun Kim's live-action film adaptation of Kōji Matsumoto's Higanjima supernatural horror manga debuted at #9 on the charts, earning US$500,766 in 111 theaters.

The manga is named after a fictional island where the brother (Dai Watanabe) of the main character Akira Miyamoto (Hideo Ishiguro) went missing two years ago. Miyamoto leads a search party of friends to the island and discovers that there are vampires and other creatures lurking on it. Tetsuya Ōishi, the screenwriter for the live-action Death Note films, scripted the film for the director of Volcano High.

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (Layton Kyōju to Eien no Utahime), an animated movie based on Nintendo and Level5's hit puzzle adventure game series, fell from #9 off the charts after spending three weekends in the top 10.

James Cameron's Avatar science-fiction action movie stayed at #1 for the third straight week, earning a weekend box office take of US$6,897,825 and a total-to-date of US$50,548,688.

Images © 2009 Fuji TV, Kodansha, Amuse, TOHO, FNS27
© Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
© 2009 One Piece Production Committee

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, January 16-17 (2010-01-24 22:31)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, January 2-3 (Updated)
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