Japanese Box Office, June 18-19
posted on by Andrew Osmond
It was no change in position for several of the films in the Japanese top 10 this weekend. Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199-Hero Daikessen, the film that features all 199 heroes/rangers from the 35-year history of Super Sentai, remains at #2 in its second week. It made the equivalent of US$2,204,364 on 283 screens, for a total of $6,656,396. Super Sentai is the Toei franchise that inspired the Power Rangers. The film was slated to open on May 21, but its production was delayed due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The live-action film adaptation of Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss manga remains at #3 in its third weekend. It made US$1,765,227 more on 304 screens for a total of US$10,896,201. The story follows a high school student named Yukari Hayasaka who is transformed into a fashion model after meeting a group of up-and-coming fashion school students.
The live-action film adaptation of Takashi Murakami's Hoshi Mamoru Inu manga was one of the week's few movers, climbing from #6 to #4 in its second week. It made US$1,374,106 on 317 screens, for a total of $5,414,172. The story follows the final journey that a middle-aged man (Tsuri Baka Nisshi's Toshiyuki Nishida) makes to Hokkaido with his faithful canine companion.
The live-action film adaptation of Natsumi Iwasaki's Moshi Kōkō Yakyū no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no "Management" o Yondara novel stayed at #5 in its third weekend. It earned US$1,217,160 on 320 screens for a total of US$7,706.093. In the original novel, a high school girl uses Peter Drucker's classic productivity guide Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices to rally her dispirited baseball team.
Tezuka Osamu no Buddha - Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku, the first of an anime film trilogy based on Osamu Tezuka's Buddha manga, dropped out of the top 10 down to #14 on in its fourth weekend. Released by Toei in conjunction with Warner Brothers, the film added US$313,866 on 279 screens for a total of US$5,674,205.
Sengoku Basara - The Last Party, the anime filmed based on CAPCOM's videogame franchise and television anime series, rose from #13 to #12 in its third weekend. It earned US$388,058 on 22 screens for a total of US$1,936,376.
The live-action adaptation of Shinichi Ishizuka's mountaineering manga Gaku - Minna no Yama (Peak - The Rescuers) is no longer listed on either chart. The #1 spot continues to be held by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, now in its fifth weekend.
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, June 11-12