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Japanese Box Office, April 28-29

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Live-action Thermae Romae debuts at #1; Detective Conan, Kamen Rider, Bokura ga Ita films in top 4

Hideki Takeuchi's live-action Thermae Romae film opened in the No. 1 spot in Japanese box offices April 28-29. Based on Mari Yamazaki's manga, the story follows Roman architect Lucius Modestus (Hiroshi Abe), who designs bath-houses in ancient Rome. One day he's sucked into modern-day Japan. Able to travel back and forth in between worlds, Lucius uses Japanese ideas to improve the Roman baths he builds in the past. The film earned US$5,269,888 on 304 screens.

The Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker film held the No. 2 spot in its third weekend. It earned US$3,627,244 more on 351 screens for a total of US$21,061,163.

Osamu Kaneda's live-action Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Super Hero Taisen film fell from No. 1 to No. 3 in its second weekend. The latest film in the Kamen Rider frachise features about 200 heroes — from every team in the live-action special-effects Super Sentai franchise — and about 40 Kamen Riders from the four-decade-long Kamen Rider franchise. The film grossed US$2,686,409 on 293 screens for a total of US$8,950,198.

The second film in Takahiro Miki's two-part live-action film adaptation of Yuuki Obata's We Were There (Bokura ga Ita) romance manga dropped from No. 3 to the No. 4 spot for its second weekend. Toma Ikuta (Akihabara @ DEEP) and Yuriko Yoshitaka (Gantz) lead the films' cast. The story follows a girl named Nanami Takahashi (Yoshitaka) as she struggles with her decade-long relationship with Motoharu Yano (Ikuta), her high school's most popular boy who has his own issues from his past. The film earned US$2,338,109 on 297 screens for a total of US$9,119,024.

Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu! Ora to Uchū no Princess, the 20th film in the Crayon Shin-chan franchise, fell from No. 6 to No. 7 in its third weekend. The film sends the title kindergartner and his family into outer space. Box Office Mojo ranked it at No. 8 and it grossed US$1,174,113 on 330 screens for a total amount of US$5,854,124.

The anime film A Letter to Momo dropped from No. 9 to No. 12 in its second weekend. Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G's "date" movie follows a girl named Momo who struggles with her father's sudden passing and resulting move to the countryside. Momo finds an otherworldly surprise at her new home. The film grossed US$607,835 on 276 screens for a total-to-date of US$2,453,077.

The first We Were There film fell from No. 11 to No. 14 during its seventh weekend. The film earned US$388,997 on 297 screens for a gross-to-date total of US$28,876,929.

The live-action film adaptation of Bisco Hatori's Ouran High School Host Club romantic comedy manga is not ranked on Box Office Mojo's list, but the website does list that the film earned US$264 on one screen during its seventh weekend for a new total of US$2,807,500.

The Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~ and Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi films are no longer listed on either chart.

Source: Kogyo Tsunshinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, May 5-6 (2012-05-16 14:00)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, April 21-22
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