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Japanese Box Office, December 22-23

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
One Piece Film Z stays at #1; 2nd Ōoku film debuts at #8

One Piece Film Z stayed at #1 during its second weekend. The film features "Z" (Zetto), the Straw Hat pirate crew's "strongest enemy yet" who was designed by original One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda. Oda served as the executive producer of this film, as he did for the 10th feature film, 2009's One Piece Film Strong World. The film earned US$8,553,633 on 302 screens for a new total of US$34,748,846.

The live-action film adaptation of Kanan Minami's Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu shōjo romance manga stayed at #3 in its third weekend. Emi Takei (live-action Rurouni Kenshin's Kaoru, Ai to Makoto's Ai) stars as the old-fashioned "Showa-era girl" Tsubaki Hibino opposite Tori Matsuzaka (We Can't Change the World. But, We Wanna Build a School in Cambodia, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, .hack//The Movie), who plays a "modern" boy named Kyōta. Takeshi Furusawa (Ghost Train, Another) directed the film. The film ranked at #5 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$1,576,793 on 301 screens for a gross-to-date of US$10,606,812.

The Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie Taisen Ultimatum film fell from #4 to #6 during its third weekend. The film earned US$1,240,760 on 298 screens for a new total of US$8,236,341.

The film version of the 2011 live-action television series based on the classic supernatural adventure anime Humanoid Monster Bem (Yōkai Ningen Bem) fell from #2 to #7 during its second weekend. Key cast and staff from the television show returned for the film, including KAT-TUN's Kazuya Kamenashi (playing the title character), model/actress Anne (playing Bera), and child actor Fuku Suzuki (playing Berro), as well as writer Masafumi Nishida (Tiger & Bunny) and director Shunsuke Kariyama. The film earned US$1,224,766 on 331 screens for a new total of US$4,650,564.

Ōoku: Eien - Emonnosuke・Tsunayoshi Hen, the second live-action film adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga, debuted at #8. The second film covers volumes 4-6 of the manga. Masato Sakai (Honey and Clover's Shuuji, Buddha: The Great Departure, Aoi Bungaku Series) plays the Ōoku member Emonnosuke, and Miho Kanno (Tomie's title character) plays the female shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa. Fuminori Kaneko, a director best known for the live-action Kisarazu Cat's Eye and Ikebukuro West Gate Park television series, is returning from the previous film and television drama adaptation to direct the film, and Minako Kamiyama is handling the scripts. The film earned US$1,181,326 on 307 screens.

The Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (Evangelion Shin Gekijō-ban Q) film fell from #7 to #9 during its sixth weekend. The film is the third in Hideaki Anno and Khara's four-part remake of Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. The film earned US$984,470 on 127 screens for a new total of US$56,040,701.

The Inazuma Eleven Go vs. Danbōru Senki W film fell from #9 to #11 during its fourth weekend. The crossover film between the two Level 5 franchises earned US$484,473 on 270 screens for a gross-to-date of US$5,211,724.

Takashi Miike's (Yatterman, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) live-action adaptation of Yūsuke Kishi's (From the New World) Aku no Kyōten (Lesson of the Evil) psychological suspense novel fell from #10 to #12 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its seventh weekend. The film stars Hideaki Ito (Onmyoji, Sukiyaki Western Django) as an always-smiling and popular high school teacher who is also a psychopath who begins to murder his students. The film earned US$301,582 on 296 screens for a new total of US$26,603,093.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, December 29–30 (2013-01-09 17:15)
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