1st Rurouni Kenshin Sequel Is 2014's #1 Japanese Live-Action Film

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Film surpasses Thermae Romae II by earning 4.5 billion yen in 38 days

Warner Brothers has revealed that Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen), the first of two live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequel films, is the highest-grossing Japanese live-action film of 2014 as of September 5. As of Sunday, the film's 38th day in Japanese theaters, the film has been seen 3,547,444 times, and has earned 4.5 billion yen (about US$42.4 million).

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno opened in Japan on August 1, and in three days, it sold 645,086 tickets for 822,734,430 yen (about US$8 million). In the process, it garnered the biggest opening of any Japanese live-action film this year. The film had earned 3 billion yen (US$28.3 million) after 16 days, and 4 billion yen (US$37.7 million) after 28 days.

Thermae Romae II, the sequel live-action film based on Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga, previously held the top spot for the highest-grossing Japanese live-action film this year. That film earned 4.4 billion yen (US$41.5 million).

The second sequel film, Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends), opens in Japan on Saturday. Advanced sales for the film are 150% higher than the advanced sales for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.


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