Japanese Box Office, July 20-21
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Note: Box Office Mojo did not upload any data for Japan's box office for the July 20-21 weekend. This article only includes information from Kogyo Tsushinsha, and so does not contain any earnings data.
Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) anime film debuted at #1 during the July 20-21 weekend. The film centers on Jirō Horikoshi (played by Evangelion director Hideaki Anno), the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. The film had sold 747,451 tickets to earn 961 million yen (US$9.66 million) on 454 screens during the weekend.
The Pokémon the Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect film fell from #2 to #3 in its second weekend. Kunihiko Yuyama's feature film is billed as the final chapter of Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! (Pokémon: Black and White). It features a confrontation between the legendary Pokémon ExtremeSpeed Red Genesect and Mewtwo, who returns in this installment in an alternate form.
The Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare (Final Gintama: The Movie: Be Forever Yorozuya) film fell from #5 to #6 in its third weekend. The film has a brand-new story written by original manga creator Hideaki Sorachi. The main cast for the original anime is returning once again for the movie.
Soreike! Anpanman: Tobase! Kibō no Handkerchief, the 25th Anpanman film, fell from #6 to #7 in its third weekend. The film's theme is "hope" and it continues the theme of cheering up those affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The film is screening simultaneously with the "Minna de Teasobi: Anpanman to Itazura Obake" (Playtime for Everyone: Anpanman and the Mischievous Ghost) short.
Nintama Rantarō: Natsuyasumi Shukudai Daisakusen! no Dan (Ninja Kids!!! Summer Mission Impossible), the second live-action adaptation of Soubee Amako's long-running Rakudai Ninja Rantarō ninja gag manga, stayed at #10 in its third weekend. In the film, the ninja apprentice Rantarō (Seishirō Katō) and his friends Kirimaru (Roi Hayashi) and Shinbei (Juri Shingetsu) have to reclaim the mystical Gokurakumaru sword. It is said that the wielder of Gokurakumaru shall rule the world.
Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, July 13-14
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