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Japanese Box Office, January 12-13

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

The Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge film debuted at #1 during the January 12-13 weekend. The film centers around the character Kurapika, who became a hunter to seek revenge on the Phantom Troupe for the massacre of his clan. The film featured the new character Omokage, the person with the No. 4 spider tattoo. The film is based on an unpublished story manga creator Yoshihiro Togashi wrote around 10 years ago. The film earned US$5,268,503 on 257 screens for a per-screen average of US$20,500.

One Piece Film Z fell from #1 to #3 during its fifth 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$2,961,760 on 302 screens for a new total of US$68,244,143.

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 #4 to #8 during its fifth 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 ranked at #9 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$527,608 on 331 screens for a new total of US$11,886,680.

The live-action film adaptation of Kanan Minami's Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu shōjo romance manga fell from #6 to #9 in its sixth 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 #8 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$550,975 on 301 screens for a new total of US$18,595,554.

The Blue Exorcist anime film fell from #9 to #10 in its third weekend. The story focuses on Rin Okumura, a boy raised by a famous exorcist named Father Fujimoto. After an argument between the two, Rin discovers he is the son of Satan. In the film, Rin encounters a new demon, the cute-looking Usamaro (played by Rie Kugimiya). Box Office Mojo did not list the film on its chart.

The Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (Evangelion Shin Gekijō-ban Q) film stayed at #10 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its ninth 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$456,240 on 126 screens for a new total of US$58,021,043.

The Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie Taisen Ultimatum film fell from #7 to #11 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its sixth weekend. The film earned US$370,902 on 295 screens for a new total of US$13,105,773.

Ōoku: Eien - Emonnosuke・Tsunayoshi Hen, the second live-action film adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga's Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga, fell from #8 to #12 in its fourth weekend. 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$362,820 on 308 screens for a total of US$6,715,094.

The Inazuma Eleven Go vs. Danbōru Senki W film and 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 both fell from Box Office Mojo's chart.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, January 19-20 (2013-01-27 18:30)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, January 5-6
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