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Japanese Box Office, February 1-2

posted on by Karen Ressler
The IDOLM@STER, Black Butler, Super Sentai films stay in top 10

THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e! fell from #5 to #7 in its second week. 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. The film ranked #6 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 72,025,126 yen (US$703,974) on 39 screens for a new total of 266,379,854 yen (US$2,603,597).

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 #4 to #8 in its third weekend. The film ranked #8 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 54,164,200 yen (US$529,401) on 305 screens for a new total of 321,358,736 yen (US$3,140,960).

The live-action film adaptation of Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga fell from #6 to #9 in its third 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 #7 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 55,965,147 yen (US$547,003) on 326 screens for a new total of 479,554,245 yen (US$4,687,163).

Lupin III vs. Detective Conan ranked #12 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its ninth weekend, earning 29,506,471 yen (US$288,396) on 330 screens for a new total of 4,061,257,975 yen (US$39,694,735). 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."

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 11th weekend, earning 24,532,025 yen (US$239,776) on 456 screens for a new total of 2,313,602,733 yen (US$22,613,153). 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.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, February 8-9 (2014-02-16 17:10)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, January 25-26
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