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Japanese Box Office, December 24-25

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Inazuma Eleven GO: Kyūkyoku no Kizuna Griffon (Ultimate Bond Griffon), the second film in the Inazuma Eleven soccer role-playing game franchise, opened at No. 3 during the December 24-25 weekend. The Inazuma Eleven GO storyline is set one decade after the first Inazuma Eleven storyline; the television anime premiered in May. The film is playing in stereoscopic 3D and traditional 2D. The film earned US$1,779,534 on 274 screens.

The Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie Taisen Mega Max film droipped from No. 2 to No. 4 during its third weekend. The film features the first seven Kamen Riders as well as the casts of both the Kamen Rider Fourze and Kamen Rider OOO series. The film ranked on Box Office Mojo's chart at No. 8 and earned the equivalent of US$1,380,485 on 301 screens for a gross-to-date of US$11,728,494.

The 3D computer-animated film Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki (Friends: Naki of Monster Island) fell from No. 4 to No. 5 during its second weekend. The live-action Space Battleship Yamato film's Takashi Yamazaki wrote and directed the film. SMAP band member Shingo Katori stars as Naki, a red oni (Japanese demon/ogre). Veteran voice actor Kouichi Yamadera (Cowboy Bebop's Spike, Evangelion's Kaji) plays a blue oni named Gunjō. The film ranked at No. 4 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$1,665,386 on 334 screens for a new total of US$5,128,902.

Eiga Kaibutsu-kun, the 3D live-action film adaptation of Fujiko Fujio A's Kaibutsu-kun supernatural action manga starring 30-year-old Arashi band member Satoshi Ohno, fell from No. 3 to No. 6 during its fifth weekend. Ohno had starred in a live-action television series version and a spinoff television special last year. The film ranked on Box Office Mojo's chart at No. 5 and earned the equivalent of US$1,535,259 on 446 screens for a new total of US$27,664,278.

Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's K-ON! anime film dropped from No. 5 to No. 9 in its fourth weekend. The film depicts the five female members of Sakuragaoka High School's light music club in a story not seen in the television series. The original television voice cast reprised their respective roles in the movie. The film earned US$1,165,924 on 137 screens for a gross-to-date of US$14,661,839.

The live-action film adaptation of Mikiya Mochizuki's police action manga Wild 7 directed by Umizaru's Eiichirō Hasumi debuted at No. 10. In Mochizuki's original manga, a police bureaucrat forms a secret police team out of seven motorcycle-riding outlaws to judge and even execute criminals that the regular police cannot touch. Actor Eita (Nodame Cantabile, Azumi, Densha Otoko) plays Dairoku Hiba, the young leader of the Wild 7. The film earned US$1,125,433 on 292 screens.

Kaiji 2 - Jinsei Dakkai Game, the live-action film sequel based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Kaiji gambling action manga, fell off of Box Office Mojo's chart in its eighth weekend.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, December 31-January 1 (2012-01-15 20:05)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, December 17-18
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