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Japanese Box Office, January 25-26

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The IDOLM@STER Movie debuts at #5

Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters: Kyōryū Daikessen! Saraba Eien no Tomo yo (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: Dinosaur Great Battle! Farewell, Eternal Friends), the latest film in Toei's Super Sentai franchise, fell from #3 to #4 in its second weekend. The film ranked #6 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 82,400,956 yen (US$805,304) on 305 screens for a new total of 247,403,109 yen (US$2,417,870).

THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e! debuted at #5. In the film, the producer works his very hardest to help the 765 Production idols prepare themselves at a training camp for their first arena concert. He also reveals that there are new girls joining the team as back-up dancers for the arena concert. These girls are all idols featured in GREE's The IDOLM@STER: Million Live mobile game that started service last year. The idol Haruka is also named the leader of the group, and she is held in high esteem by the new girls, whose futures will be decided after the concert. Box Office Mojo did not list the film on its chart, but it earned 149,876,900 yen (about US$1.46 million) in 39 theaters.

The live-action film adaptation of Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga fell from #4 to #6 in its second weekend. Hiro Mizushima stars as Sebastian, a demonic "super butler" with impeccable knowledge, manners, grace, cooking skills, martial arts, looks, and more. Ayame Gōriki plays Sebastian's new master Shiori, who, like master Ciel in the manga, has a seal in her right eye as a symbol of her contract with Sebastian. The film ranked #4 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 88,150,419 yen (US$861,494) on 327 screens for a new total of 352,842,130 yen (US$3,448,326).

Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie fell from #8 to #10 during its eighth weekend. In the film, the "Cherry Sapphire," an illusive secret treasure that holds the key to the entire world, will bring the two titular characters in a "head-to-head confrontation." Lupin is suspected of stealing the gem, and "when the truth is revealed, the curtain will open on the greatest battle in the world." The film ranked #9 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 50,234,618 yen (US$490,942) on 330 screens for a new total of 4,021,549,059 yen (US$39,302,598).

The live-action film adaptation of Kotomi Aoki's Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru manga ranked at #11 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its seventh weekend. The story centers around Aki Ogasawara (played by Rurouni Kenshin's Takeru Satoh), a "sound creator" who composes for the popular band Crude Play and earns over 100 million yen (about US$1 million) a year. Despite this, he conceals all of this and calls himself a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training). Seeking a life outside of music, he begins seeing a high school girl named Riko Koeda (played by newcomer Sakurako Ōhara). However, what Aki does not know is that Riko is actually a huge fan of Aki's music. Even with his girlfriend, Aki cannot escape the world of music. The film earned 37,733,979 yen (US$368,774) on 284 screens for a new total of 1,630,537,550 yen (US$15,935,243).

Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), the latest film from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, ranked at #13 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its 10th weekend. The film is based on the famous Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), which centers on a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The film earned 32,364,021 yen (US$316,293) on 456 screens for a new total of 2,269,520,834 yen (US$22,180,027).

The Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission- film fell from Box Office Mojo's list in its fifth weekend. Additionally, Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard Tenkawakeme no Sengoku Movie Daigassen, the Movie War crossover between Kamen Rider Gaim and Kamen Rider Wizard, fell from Box Office Mojo's list in its seventh weekend.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, February 1-2 (2014-02-09 18:27)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, January 18-19
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