Japanese Box Office, July 17-18

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Arrietty opens at #1 with US$10 million; Oguri's Surely Someday also opens at #8

Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's The Borrowers (Karigurashi no Arrietty) anime film opened at #1 during the July 17-18 weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, it earned US$10,223,318 on 447 screens. By July 19, it sold 1,038,138 tickets and earned 1.35 billion yen (about US$15.6 million) — 82.9% of the ticket sales and 85.6% of the box office earnings that Ghibli's last film, Ponyo, had at a similar point in its run.

The newest Pokémon movie, Pocket Monster Diamond & Pearl: Genei no Hasha Zoroark, dropped to #4 in its second weekend. The 13th Pokémon feature film (and 4th Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl one) ran on 369 screens and added US$4,111,819 to its total of US$12,612,201.

The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan's live-action film remake of an American animated series, opened at #5 with US$1,466,424 on 386 screens. Surely Someday, the feature directorial debut of actor Shun Oguri, also opened at #9 on Kogyo Tsushinsha's chart (#8 on Box Office Mojo's chart). The live-action film took in US$581,671 on 186 screens.

Soreike! Anpanman: Black Nose to Mahō no Uta fell from #8 to #10 in its second weekend. The 22nd feature film in the Anpanman franchise ran on 150 screens and added US$312,121 to its total of US$1,061,397.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, July 24-25 (2010-08-07 23:57)
follow-up of Top Anime Movies at Japanese Box Office, 1st Half of 2010
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