Japanese Box Office, March 9-10

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This year's Doraemon film opens at #1; Index falls to #8

The 2013 Doraemon film, Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dōgu Museum (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum), debuted at #1 during the March 9-10 weekend. The movie begins when the signature bell of the titular robot cat Doraemon has been stolen. To get it back, Nobita and his friends have to go to the museum where all of Doraemon's gadgets originate. The film earned 684,332,313 yen (US$7,213,341) on 353 screens.

The Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki (A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion) film fell from #7 to #8 during its third weekend. The movie's all-new story features main characters Touma Kamijo and Index encountering a level 0 girl named Arisa just before the completion of the Academy City space elevator "Endymion." The Magicians are after Arisa, and they attack Academy City. A female leader named Shattoaura leads a unit from Academy City against the attack. Touma and Index learn from Stiyl that Arisa is key to a brewing war between the sides of Magic and Science. Box Office Mojo lists that the film ranked at #7 and earned 45,317,149 yen (US$477,674) on 37 screens for a new total of 308,631,560 yen (US$3,250,816)

The Sū-chan Mai-chan Sawako-san (Sue, Mai and Sawa: Righting the Girl Ship) live-action film adaptation of Miri Masuda's Sū-chan manga stayed at #13 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its second weekend. The manga follows the daily lives of women who deal with their anxieties regarding love and work, and the adaptation stars Kou Shibasaki, Yoko Maki, and Shinobu Terajima. The film earned 16,377,451 yen (US$172,629) on 120 screens for a new total of 79,845,954 yen (US$841,017).

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, March 16-17 (2013-03-24 18:00)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, March 2-3
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