Japanese Box Office, September 6-7
posted on by Karen Ressler
Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, stayed at #1 in its fifth weekend. Satoshi Tsumabuki, who previously played 30-year-old Nobita in a series of live-action Toyota car commercials, also plays Nobita as a young man in the film. The film also ranked #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 373,669,108 yen (US$3,483,706) on 319 screens for a new total of 6,541,711,346 yen (US$61,019,448).
The first live-action adaptation of Lupin III in four decades stayed at #2 in its second weekend. The movie stars Shun Oguri as Lupin, Tadanobu Asano as Detective Kōichi Zenigata, Gou Ayanoas Goemon Ishikawa, Tetsuji Tamayama as Daisuke Jigen, and Meisa Kuroki as Fujiko Mine. Jerry Yan (Meteor Garden) of the popular Taiwanese group F4 will play an original character, Lupin's nemesis Michael Lee. The film also ranked #2 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 283,262,247 yen (US$2,642,199) on 307 screens for a new total of 1,096,825,349 yen (US$10,226,196).
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno), the first of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, rose from #5 to #3 in its sixth weekend. The sequels adapt the Kyoto arc of Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga, with Takeru Satoh returning as Kenshin Himura and Tatsuya Fujiwara (live-action Death Note) playing the antagonist Makoto Shishio. The film also ranked #3 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 163,839,704 yen (US$1,527,551) on 334 screens for a total of 4,681,746,021 yen (US$43,670,156).
The live-action adaptation of Taku Tsumugi's Hot Road shōjo manga stayed at #4 in its fourth weekend. The manga revolves around Kazuki Miyaichi (Rena Nōnen), a girl who feels that she does not receive any love from her mother (Yoshino Kimura). As she carries anxiety about not being needed by anyone, she begins to feel attracted to a juvenile delinquent named Hiroshi Haruyama (Hiroomi Tosaka). Ryōhei Suzuki also stars as Tōru Tamami, the leader of the Nights gang. The film also ranked #4 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 131,035,980 yen (US$1,222,271) on 301 screens for a new total of 1,951,023,874 yen (US$18,186,625).
Studio Ghibli's newest film When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie) fell from #7 to #9 in its eighth weekend. The film adapts Joan G. Robinson's classic English children's novel of the same name. In his second film, director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (2010's The Secret World of Arrietty) is shifting the setting from the novel's Great Britain to a Japanese village on the shores of Hokkaido. The film also ranked #9 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 45,359,130 yen (US$422,882) on 461 screens for a new total of 3,363,690,576 yen (US$31,359,586).
Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu (Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction) fell from #8 to #10 in its eighth weekend. The film guest-stars Marika Matsumoto, Japanese pro soccer player Atsuto Uchida, Yoshiko Mita, Kouichi Yamadera, Shoko Nakagawa, Rika Adachi, and comedian duo Nakagawa-ke. In the film's story, a country called the Diamond Empire falls into chaos when the legendary Pokémon Diancie loses her power to control the Holy Diamond, the empire's power source, and so she enlists the help of Ash and his friends. The film ranked #12 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 32,113,060 yen (US$299,389) on 357 screens for a new total of 2,808,499,430 yen (US$26,184,904).
Gareth Edwards' Godzilla fell from #11 to #13 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its seventh weekend and earned 26,821,398 yen (US$249,957) on 427 screens for a new total of 3,144,450,633 yen (US$29,302,758). The film, which opened in the United States in May, stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Richard T. Jones, Juliette Binoche, and Sally Hawkins.
The live-action film of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 (Tokyo Tribes) manga fell from #12 to #14 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its second weekend and earned 22,337,227 yen (US$208,167) on 120 screens for a new total of 107,053,619 yen (US$998,109). The movie, which follows the struggles of street gangs in a near-future version of Tokyo, stars Ryohei Suzuki (HK/Hentai Kamen) as Bukuro Wu-Ronz gang leader Mera and hip-hop artist YOUNG DAIS as Kai in the rival gang Musashino Saru. Director and writer Shion Sono (Suicide Club, Himizu, All Esper Dayo!) selected DAIS from the film's open auditions on YouTube.
The fourth episode of the Ghost in the Shell Arise original video anime (OVA) opened at #15 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 21,548,646 yen (US$200,809) on 23 screens. Ghost in the Shell Arise border:4 concludes the four-part anime project, but a new Ghost in the Shell film is slated for 2015.
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, August 30-31
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