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Japanese Box Office, October 4-5

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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 fourth 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 177,419,216 yen (US$1,655,215) on 366 screens for a total of 3,509,426,143 yen (US$32,751,860).

Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, stayed at #3 in its ninth 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 99,552,250 yen (US$928,763) on 340 screens for a new total of 8,140,328,600 yen (US$75,938,358).

The first live-action adaptation of Lupin III in four decades fell from #4 to #5 in its sixth 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 #5 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 57,446,662 yen (US$535,943) on 308 screens for a new total of 2,240,701,546 yen (US$20,911,437).

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno), the first of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, fell from #9 to #10 in its tenth weekend. The film also ranked #10 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 22,873,985 yen (US$213,380) on 332 screens for a total of 5,445,163,828 yen (US$50,795,156).

The live-action film adaptation of Tecmo's Fatal Frame (Zero or Project Zero) game, Gekijōban Rei -Zero-, ranked #12 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its second weekend and earned 15,151,536 yen (US$141,402) on 133 screens for a total of 73,043,783 yen (US$681,388). Ayami Nakajō and Aoi Morikawa, two popular models in the Japanese magazine Seventeen, star, and the story's setting has been moved from a Japanese house to an old school dormitory.

The live-action adaptation of Taku Tsumugi's Hot Road shōjo manga fell from #10 to #13 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its eighth weekend and earned 13,752,992 yen (US$128,307) on 242 screens for a total of 2,515,065,352 yen (US$23,462,190). 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.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo


This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, October 11-12 (2014-10-20 17:30)
follow-up of Japanese Box Office, September 27-28
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