Japanese Box Office, March 16-17

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Doraemon stays at #1, new Precure film opens at #3

The 2013 Doraemon film, Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dōgu Museum (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum), stayed at #1 during its second 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 436,168,391 yen (US$4,618,456) on 353 screens for a new total of 1,253,595,404 yen (US$13,273,945).

The Precure All Stars New Stage 2: Kokoro no Tomodachi film opened at #3. The film is the fifth to unite all the main characters from the Precure magical girl franchise. The story begins when all the magical girls receive an invitation to the fairies' school for a Precure party. The film earned 200,084,961 yen (US$2,118,639) on 174 screens.

The Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki (A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion) film fell from #7 to #12 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its fourth 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. The film earned 23,923,120 yen (US$253,314) on 37 screens for a new total of 362,462,109 yen (US$3,838,002).

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 fell from Box Office Mojo's chart during its third weekend.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, March 23-24 (2013-04-01 15:30)
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