News Japanese Box Office, March 13-14
posted on 2010-03-21 23:00 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Doraemon: Nobita no Ningyo Daikaisen, (Doraemon: Nobita's Great Merman Sea Battle) stayed at #1 on both Box Office Mojo and Kogyo Tsushinsha's charts during the March 13-14 weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the film earned US$3,845,984 on 366 screens in its second weekend for a total-to-date of US$10,933,567. This is the 30th movie in the popular children's anime franchise, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The Liar Game: The Final Stage, the theatrical film adaptation of Shinobu Kaitani's Liar Game psychological thriller manga, slipped from #2 to #3 in its second weekend. The film is set after the second television season based on the manga. It took in US$2,923,778 on 283 screens for a two-week total of US$10,832,229.
The live-action film adaptation of Naoki Serizawa's Saru Lock action comedy manga series fell from #7 to #11 during its third weekend. The film earned US$284,449 on 226 screens for a total-to-date of US$3,101,844.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya film, the first ever film in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, stayed at #13 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its sixth weekend. The film added five more screens for a total of 29 screens, and it garnered US$237,340 for a gross-to-date of US$6,671,741.
Chō Gekijō-ban Keroro Gunsō Tanjō! Kyūkyoku Keroro Kiseki no Jikūjima de Arimasu!! dropped off Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart during its third weekend. This is the fifth film inspired by Mine Yoshizaki's manga about a frog-like alien stranded on Earth. According to Box Office Mojo, the film charted at #14 and earned US$230,069 on 144 screens for a total-to-date of US$1,420,199.
Masaaki Taniguchi's live-action film reimagining of Yasutaka Tsutsui's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time novel opened at #15 on Box Office Mojo's chart. Riisa Naka, the actress who made her film debut as the lead voice of Mamoru Hosoda's 2006 award-winning anime film version of the same novel, stars as a different character in the new film. In the 2010 film, she plays 18-year-old Akari Yoshiyama, the only daughter of the novel's heroine Kazuko. After a car accident puts Kazuko in a coma, Akari leaps back to the year 1974 to find Kazuko's first love. The film opened on 49 screens and earned US$227,369.
Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha
Image © Hiroshi Fujimoto / Motoo Abiko / TOHO
© Naoki Serizawa / Kodansha
© Mine Yoshizaki / Sunrise
© 2009 Nagaru Tanigawa • Noizi Ito / member of SOS
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