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Japanese Box Office, October 6-7

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The Mystical Laws debuts at #4; 1st Madoka Magica film debuts at #7

The religious anime film The Mystical Laws debuted at No. 4. The story takes place in the near future, when the newly-formed "Godom Empire" is threatening to take over the world by using advanced technology offered to them by Leika Chan, the mysterious female president of a trading company. The protagonist of the film, Sho Shishimaru, is the one man who has the "mystical technology" that can stop the Godom Empire. After being hunted down by the Empire, Sho is saved by mysterious Indians monks, who tell him about a prophecy about the rebirth of Buddha. The film ranked at No. 5 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$2,042,032 on 208 screens.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings debuted at No. 7. The film is the first in a two-part compilation of the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica television anime series. The film earned US$1,776,682 on 43 screens, for a per screen total of US$41,318, which was more than twice the per-screen average of any of the other films during the October 6-7 weekend.

Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning-, the first of two anime films based on Sunrise's Tiger & Bunny television anime series, fell from No. 8 to No. 12 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its third weekend. The film focuses on the story from the first television episodes, with new anime shots added. The film earned US$575,048 on 91 screens for a new total of US$3,867,503.

Keishi Ōtomo's live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga fell from No. 5 to No. 14 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its seventh weekend. Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck) stars in the film's titular role, and Emi Takei (Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, For Love's Sake/Ai to Makoto) plays the heroine Kaoru Kamiya. Yū Aoi (Hana and Alice, Honey and Clover) plays Megumi Takani, Munetaka Aoki (The Last Message Umizaru, live-action The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) plays Sanosuke Sagara, and Taketo Tanaka plays Yahiko Myōjin. Yosuke Eguchi (Shōnan Bakusōzoku and Tokyo Love Story) as Hajime Saitō, Kouji Kikkawa (Let's Dance With Papa) as Jine Udō, and Teruyuki Kagawa (From Up On Poppy Hill, 20th Century Boys) as Kanryū Takeda round out the cast. The film earned US$424,396 on 312 screens for a gross total of US$36,798,585.

Mamoru Hosoda's Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children) film fell from Box Office Mojo's chart during its 12th weekend. The live-action film adaptation of Fujio Akatsuka's shōjo comedy manga Himitsu no Akko-chan also fell from Box Office Mojo's chart during its sixth weekend.

The No. 1 film during the October 6-7 weekend was Takeshi Kitano's (Beat Takeshi) Outrage Beyond live-action yakuza film.

Sources: Kogyo Tsunshinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, October 13-14 (2012-10-21 23:00)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, September 29-30
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