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Japanese Box Office, January 28-29

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Always: Sunset on Third Street '64 stays at #1, 2nd AKB48 documentary debuts at #7

Always: Sunset on Third Street '64, the third live-action film based on Ryohei Saigan's nostalgic San-chōme no Yūhi - Yūyake no Uta manga directed by Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Returner, Ballad) stayed at No. 1 during its second weekend. The original manga, a 1990-1991 television anime series adaptation, and the first two live-action films followed the lives of people in a Tokyo neighborhood as the iconic Tokyo Tower rises above them. The film earned US$5,298,327 on 473 screens for a new total of US$18,604,944.

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie, the newest live-action Super Sentai film, dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 during its second weekend. The film is related to the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger live-action television series, which Toei began airing as Super Sentai's 35th anniversary show last February. The film differs from the previous three Super Sentai VS films because it is a crossover with the Space Sheriff Gavan live-action special effects series. The film ranked at No. 5 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$1,213,625 on 263 screens for a gross-to-date of US$3,875,601.

The second documentary of the Akihabara based J-Pop group AKB48, titled Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On Shōjo-tachi wa Kizutsuki Nagara, Yume wo Miru, debuted at No. 7. The film follows the members of AKB48 through the year 2011. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment released the previous Documentary of AKB48 -- To Be Continued on DVD in December. The film earned US$964,953 on 94 screens.

The anime adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne's American novel series Magic Tree House fell from No. 5 to No. 8 during its fourth 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$624,103 on 177 screens for a gross-to-date of US$5,209,594.

Kim Byung-Kon's Korean live-action film adaptation of Yayoi Ogawa's Kimi wa Pet (Tramps Like Us) romantic comedy manga dropped from No. 6 to No. 9 in its second weekend. The film stars Jang Geun-suk as In-Ho (Momo/Takeshi Goda) and Kim Ha-neul as Eun-Yi (Sumire). The film earned US$551,631 on 92 screens for a new total of US$2,424,009.

Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's K-ON! anime film stayed at No. 13 in its ninth 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$307,038 on 92 screens for a gross-to-date of US$20,790,997.

The 3D computer-animated film Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki (Friends: Naki of Monster Island) dropped from No. 10 to No. 15 during its seventh 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 earned US$255,987 on 334 screens for a new total of US$18,760,582.

Inazuma Eleven GO: Kyūkyoku no Kizuna Griffon (Ultimate Bond Griffon), the second film in the Inazuma Eleven soccer role-playing game franchise, fell from both Kogyo Tsushinsha and Box Office Mojo's chart in its sixth weekend. 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, also fell from Box Office Mojo's chart in its tenth weekend. Finally, Shion Sono's live-action adaptation of Minoru Furuya's Himizu psychological drama manga fell from Box Office Mojo's chart in its third weekend.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, February 4-5 (2012-02-12 00:30)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, January 21-22
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