Japanese Box Office, November 8-9

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Clover, Kin Kyori Renai, Eiga HappinessCharge PreCure!, Stand By Me Doraemon rank in top 10

The live-action film of Toriko Chiya's Clover manga fell from #2 to #3 in its second week. The film stars Emi Takei (Rurouni Kenshin's Kaoru) as Saya, a young office lady (OL) who's never had a romantic relationship because she never gave up on a boy she liked in middle school. KANJANI Eight band member Tadayoshi Ōkura will costar as (Papadol!, Otenki-oneesan, Dr. DMAT) as Susumu, Saya's masochistic supervisor who confesses his love. The film ranked #2 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 97,755,989 yen (US$839,587) on 298 screens for a new total of 456,331,922 yen (US$3,919,303).

The live-action film of Rin Mikimoto's shōjo manga series Kin Kyori Renai (Close Range Love) stayed at #5 in its fifth weekend. The film stars Tomohisa Yamashita as the tsundere teacher Haruka Sakurai and Nana Komatsu in her debut role as genius high school student Yuni Kururugi. The film ranked #4 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 45,995,162 yen (US$394,931) on 178 screens for a new total of 1,059,480,813 yen (US$9,097,073).

Eiga HappinessCharge PreCure! Ningyō no Kuni no Ballerina (HappinessCharge Precure! The Movie: Ballerina of the Country of Dolls) rose from #10 to #8 in its fifth weekend. Yui Horie, Daisuke Ono, and Toshiyuki Morikawa guest star in a story where the Pretty Cures must save the Doll Kingdom. The film ranked #8 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 28,263,563 yen (US$242,385) on 210 screens for a new total of 487,395,248 yen (US$4184,946).

Stand By Me Doraemon, the 36th Doraemon film and franchise's first CGI film, rose from #12 to #9 in its 14th 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 ranked #7 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned 31,187,759 yen (US$370,682) on 344 screens for a new total of 9,014,630,082 yen (US$77,402,769).

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen), the second of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film, fell from #13 to #14 on Box Office Mojo's chart in its ninth weekend and earned 22,406,577 yen (US$192,156) on 335 screens for a total of 4,507,137,442 yen (US$38,710,001). 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.

Sources: Kogyo Tsushinsha, Box Office Mojo

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, November 15-16 (2014-11-24 16:40)
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