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Japanese Box Office, January 7-8

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Note: Kogyo Tsushinsha did not post box office rankings for the December 31-January 1 weekend.

The anime adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne's American novel series Magic Tree House debuted at No. 3 during the January 7-8 weekend. Since 1992, American author Mary Pope Osborne has been writing the original children's books about Jack and Annie, two siblings who go on adventures throughout time with a mysterious tree house. The anime film is based on Ayana Amako's illustrations for the Japanese edition of the book series, as opposed to Salvatore Murdocca's illustrations for the original American edition. The film earned US$1,382,473 on 178 screens.

The 3D computer-animated film Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki (Friends: Naki of Monster Island) ranked at No. 4 during its fourth 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 fell from No. 2 to No. 4 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$1,369,854 on 334 screens for a new total of US$15,606,583.

Inazuma Eleven GO: Kyūkyoku no Kizuna Griffon (Ultimate Bond Griffon), the second film in the Inazuma Eleven soccer role-playing game franchise, ranked at No. 5 during its third 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 stayed at No. 6 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$1,001,428 on 374 screens for a new total of US$12,149,111.

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, ranked at No. 6 during its seventh weekend. Ohno had starred in a live-action television series version and a spinoff television special in 2010. The film fell from No. 4 to No. 5 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned the equivalent of US$1,092,174 on 446 screens for a new total of US$37,793,951.

The Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie Taisen Mega Max film ranked at No. 7 during its fifth 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 stayed at No. 7 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned the equivalent of US$817,181 on 302 screens for a gross-to-date of US$17,826,493.

The live-action film adaptation of Mikiya Mochizuki's police action manga Wild 7 directed by Umizaru's Eiichirō Hasumi stayed at No. 10 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its third weekend. 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$588,048 on 292 screens for a gross-to-date of US$6,433,816.

Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's K-ON! anime film fell from No. 9 to No. 11 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its sixth 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$506,012 on 137 screens for a gross-to-date of US$18,704,027.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, January 14-15 (2012-01-22 22:05)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, December 31-January 1
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