Japanese Box Office, March 29-30

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kamen Rider War film debuts at #3

Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Daimakyo ~Peko to 5-nin no Tankentai~ (Doraemon the Movie: New Nobita's Great Demon ~Peko and the Exploration Party of Five~ stayed at #2 in its fourth weekend. The film remakes the 1982 film Doraemon: Nobita's Great Demon, which was written by original Doraemon co-creator Fujiko F. Fujio, and follows the heroes of the Doraemon television series as they go on an adventure to help a dog prince return to his kingdom, deep within an unexplored land. The film also ranked #2 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 279,906,307 yen (US$2,714,531) on 361 screens for a new total of 2,507,261,366 yen (US$24,315,420).

The Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai film opened this weekend at #3. The film features more than 30 Riders, including 15 Showa-era Riders led by Kamen Rider 1 and 15 Heisei-era Riders such as those from the ongoing Kamen Rider Gaim television series. Hiroshi Fujioka, who played the original Kamen Rider 1, returned to the part after 38 years. The film was not listed on Box Office Mojo's chart.

Eiga Precure All Stars New Stage 3: Eien no Tomodachi fell from #4 to #6 in its third weekend. In the story, the world of dreams is threatened, so nine teams of Precure girls from the franchise's different television anime series unite to defend everyone's dreams. The characters from the newest series, HappinessCharge Precure!, feature prominently. The film ranked #4 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 89,294,033 yen (US$865,973) on 210 screens for a new total of 648,143,206 yen (US$6,285,692).

The live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon manga fell from #6 to #9 in its fourth weekend. Kento Nakajima stars as Yūgo Hachiken, a city boy who enters an agricultural high school. Many of Hachiken's classmates are from farming families, but Hachiken is not used to farm life. Alice Hirose co-stars as Hachiken's classmate Aki Mikage. The film ranked #6 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 39,836,028 yen (US$386,409) on 285 screens for a new total of 612,121,366 yen (US$5,936,353).

Takashi Miike's live-action film adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's Mogura no Uta manga series, Mogura no Uta: Senyū Sōsakan Reiji (The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji), ranked #10 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its seventh weekend and earned 25,649,936 yen (US$248,804) on 293 screens for a new total of 2,096,333,477 yen (US$20,330,242). In the story of the original manga, Reiji Kikukawa is known as a troublesome member of the police force due to his tendency to enforce justice through his own morals. He goes undercover to infiltrate a gangster syndicate.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

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