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Japanese Box Office, September 28-29

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Hirokazu Kore-eda's Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) film, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes in May, debuted at #1 during the September 28-29 weekend.

Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) anime film fell from #3 to #5 during its 11th 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 earned 101,618,903 yen (US$1,043,118) on 454 screens for a new total of 11,289,417,604 yen (US$115,885,871).

The Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin film debuted at #7. The film adapts Kinoko Nasu's Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin (The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer) epilogue side story. The film earned 73,387,725 yen (US$753,324) on 32 screens.

The Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. (anohana) film fell from #7 to #9 in its fifth weekend. The film retells the anohana story from the character Menma's point of view with a new epilogue. The film earned 43,441,724 yen (US$445,929) on 64 screens for a total of 838,565,331 yen (US$8,607,873).

Warner Japan's remake of Clint Eastwood's 1992 Unforgiven film starting Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) fell from #6 to #10 in its third weekend. The film ranked at #11 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 29,333,010 yen (US$301,103) on 327 screens for a new total of 562,441,115 yen (US$5,773,458).

The live-action Sadako 3D 2 film fell from #8 to #13 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its fifth weekend. The film earned 16,561,365 yen (US$170,002) on 235 screens for a new total of 688,494,993 yen (US$7,067,401).

Toei Animation and Shinji Aramaki's CG-animated Space Pirate Captain Harlock film fell from #9 to #14 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its fourth weekend. The film remakes the classic anime Space Pirate Captain Harlock with Toei Animation's highest production budget ever at the equivalent of more than 30 million U.S. dollars. Shun Oguri and Haruma Miura star as the title pirate and the new character Yama, respectively. The film earned 16,086,963 yen (US$165,132) on 396 screens for a new total of 437,326,416 yen (US$4,489,155).

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, October 5-6 (2013-10-13 20:20)
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