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Japanese Box Office, September 20-21

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3rd Rurouni Kenshin film stays at #1

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the second of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, stayed at #1 in its second 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 #1 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 418,731,174 yen (US$3,831,554) on 434 screens for a total of 2,259,109,832 yen (US$20,671,736).

Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, fell from #2 to #3 in its seventh 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 #3 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 145,899,965 yen (US$1,335,042) on 329 screens for a new total of 7,593,679,877 yen (US$69,485,132).

The first live-action adaptation of Lupin III in four decades fell from #3 to #4 in its fourth 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 #4 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 108,156,670 yen (US$989,676) on 307 screens for a new total of 1,855,156,271 yen (US$16,975,403).

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno), the first of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, fell from #7 to #8 in its eighth weekend. The film also ranked #8 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 43,952,069 yen (US$402,179) on 334 screens for a total of 5,247,564,586 yen (US$48,017,263).

The live-action adaptation of Taku Tsumugi's Hot Road shōjo manga fell from # 6 to #9 in its sixth 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 #9 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 40,225,671 yen (US$368,080) on 301 screens for a total of 2,375,814,630 yen (US$21,739,630).

Studio Ghibli's newest film When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie) fell from #11 to #12 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its tenth weekend and earned 13,680,319 yen (US$125,180) on 351 screens for a new total of 3,604,758,813 yen (US$32,984,949). 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.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo


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