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Japanese Box Office, September 13-14

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3rd live-action Rurouni Kenshin film premieres

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the second of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, opened this week at #1. 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 #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 919,479,056 yen (US$8,447,603) on 334 screens over the weekend for a total of 920,355,701 yen (US$8,464,677).

Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, fell from #1 to #2 in its sixth 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 #2 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 244,893,741 yen (US$2,252,332) on 329 screens for a new total of 7,090,248,811 yen (US$65,210.295).

The first live-action adaptation of Lupin III in four decades fell from #2 to #3 in its third 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 178,833,914 yen (US$1,643,800) on 307 screens for a new total of 1,519,558,281 yen (US$13,967,430).

The live-action adaptation of Taku Tsumugi's Hot Road shōjo manga fell from # 4 to #6 in its fifth 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 ranked #7 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 79,317,605 yen (US$729,069) on 301 screens for a total of 2,196,074,964 yen (US$20,176,175).

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno), the first of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, rose from #3 to #7 in its seventh weekend. The film also ranked #6 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 81,946,576 yen (US$753,234) on 334 screens for a total of 5,028,121,931 yen (US$46,244,542).

Studio Ghibli's newest film When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie) fell from #9 to #10 in its ninth 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 ranked #11 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 26,647,370 yen (US$244,820) on 351 screens for a new total of 3,503,597,780 yen (US$32,188,884).

Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu (Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction) fell from #12 to #13 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its ninth weekend and earned 14,962,445 yen (US$137,466) on 337 screens for a new total of 2,888,092,401 yen (US$26,546,681). 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 live-action film of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 (Tokyo Tribes) manga fell stayed at #14 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its third weekend and earned 12,587,547 yen (US$115,702) on 118 screens for a new total of 144,321,636 yen (US$1327,352). 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.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo


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