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Japanese Box Office, March 20-21

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Doraemon, Precure, Liar Game in top 10, Haruhi in top 15

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 20-21 weekend for the third week in a row. According to Box Office Mojo, the film earned US$3,099,718 on 366 screens in its third weekend for a total-to-date of US$15,419,911. This is the 30th movie in the popular children's anime franchise, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Precure All Stars DX2: Kibō no Hikari—Rainbow Jewel o Mamore! (Precure All Stars DX2: Light of Hope— Protect the Rainbow Angel!) magical girl anime film opened at #2 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart. Box Office Mojo ranked the film at #3 with US$2,493,426 on 159 screens. The film features all 17 cure soldiers, including characters from the current seventh Pretty Cure series, Heartcatch Precure!

The Liar Game: The Final Stage, the theatrical film adaptation of Shinobu Kaitani's Liar Game psychological thriller manga, slipped from #3 to #4 in its third weekend. The film is set after the second television season based on the manga. According to Box Office Mojo, it ranked at #5 and took in US$2,070,871 on 283 screens for a three-week total of US$15,435,733.

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya film, the first ever film in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, fell from #13 to #15 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its seventh weekend. The film garnered US$155,599 on 28 screens (one screen down from last weekend) for a gross-to-date of US$7,122,204.

Chō Gekijō-ban Keroro Gunsō Tanjō! Kyūkyoku Keroro Kiseki no Jikūjima de Arimasu!!, the fifth film inspired by Mine Yoshizaki's manga, fell from Box Office Mojo's chart in its fourth weekend. The live-action film adaptation of Naoki Serizawa's Saru Lock action comedy manga series also fell from Box Office Mojo's chart during its fourth weekend, as did Masaaki Taniguchi's live-action film reimagining of Yasutaka Tsutsui's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time novel, which was in its second weekend at the box office.

Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha

Image © Hiroshi Fujimoto / Motoo Abiko / TOHO
© 2010 Precure All Stars DX Movie Production Committee
© Naoki Serizawa / Kodansha
© 2009 Nagaru TanigawaNoizi Ito / member of SOS

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, March 27-28 (2010-04-08 23:27)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, March 13-14
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