Japanese Box Office, October 26-27

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Madoka Magica, Dokidoki! Precure debut in top 2 spots; Kiyoku Yawaku debuts at #7

Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari (Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion-), the third film in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise, debuted at #1 during the October 26-27 weekend. Akiyuki Shinbo and Yukihiro Miyamoto directed the film at SHAFT with original character designs from manga creator Ume Aoki (Hidamari Sketch). Yuki Kajiura provided the music. The main cast returned from the television series and previous two films. Kana Asumi joined the cast as the new magical girl Nagisa Momoe. Box Office Mojo did not list the film on its chart, but the film earned 436 million yen (about US$4.47 million) on 129 screens.

Toei's Eiga Dokidoki! Precure Mana Kekkon!!? Mirai ni Tsunagu Kibō no Dress (Dokidoki! Precure the Movie: Mana's Getting Married!!? The Dress of Hope Linked to the Future) film debuted at #2. The story begins when the main lead, Mana Aida, inherits the same wedding dress that her mother and her grandmother wore. However, a mysterious cloaked figure named Mashū appears aboard an airship while playing a clarinet, and people start losing their memories or worse. Mana is transported to the past, and while she gets to see her beloved grandmother and dog Maro, the future is in jeopardy. Box Office Mojo did not list the film on its chart, but the film earned 213,410,200 yen (US$2,186,390).

Toho's live-action film adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's shōjo manga Kiyoku Yawaku opened at #7. The film stars actress Masami Nagasawa (Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World, Gaku, Moteki, From Up on Poppy Hill) and actor Masaki Okada (Otomen, Space Brothers, Confessions). Nagasawa plays Kanna Seto, a woman still consumed by the loss of her childhood friend in an accident. Okada plays Roku Akazawa, a man dealing with his own guilt over an accident that resulted in the death of a female friend in elementary school. Box Office Mojo did not list the film on its chart.

Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) anime film stayed at #9 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its 15th 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 23,581,249 yen (US$238,948) on 454 screens for a new total of 11,638,194,637 yen (US$118,325,524).

The Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. (anohana) film stayed at #12 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its ninth weekend. The film retells the anohana story from the character Menma's point of view with a new epilogue. The film earned 7,193,071 yen (US$72,887) on 71 screens for a total of 995,183,966 yen (US$10,118,035).

The Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin film fell Box Office Mojo's chart in its fifth weekend.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, November 2-3 (2013-11-10 16:00)
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