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Japanese Box Office, February 4-5

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge debuts at #8, 1st Berserk film debuts at #11

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 third 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$3,560,747 on 473 screens for a new total of US$26,644,334.

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie, the newest live-action Super Sentai film, dropped from No. 4 to No. 6 during its third 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. 7 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$785,155 on 266 screens for a gross-to-date of US$5,076,811.

The live-action film adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's Arakawa Under the Bridge manga debuted at No. 8. In the story, an upper-class young man named Ko "Riku" Ichinomiya (Kento Hayashi) meets a beautiful homeless girl named Nino (Mirei Kiritani) from the banks of Arakawa River, where many of Tokyo's most unusual denizens live. The film earned US$768,513 on 172 screens.

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, dropped from No. 7 to No. 9 during its second weekend. 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$619,723 on 94 screens for a new total of US$2,667,782.

Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago (Berserk Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme Ruler), the first film in the three-part retelling of the Golden Age arc of Kentaro Miura's manga debuted at No. 11 on Box Office Mojo's chart. The film earned US$594,707 on 93 screens, giving it an average of US$6,395 per screen.

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. 9 to No. 12 in its third 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$448,126 on 92 screens for a new total of US$3,682,096.

The anime adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne's American novel series Magic Tree House fell from No. 8 to No. 13 during its fifth 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$364,866 on 177 screens for a gross-to-date of US$5,747,918.

Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation's K-ON! anime film fell from No. 13 to No. 15 its tenth 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$207,281 on 88 screens for a gross-to-date of US$21,419,792.

The 3D computer-animated film Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki (Friends: Naki of Monster Island) dropped off of Box Office Mojo's chart during its eighth weekend.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, February 11-12 (2012-02-27 03:30)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, January 28-29
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