The Last: Naruto the Movie Poised to Top 2 Billion Yen (Updated)
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Japanese film distributor TOHO reported that The Last -Naruto the Movie- is outpacing the July 2012 film Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie by 175% at the box office, as of 3:00 p.m. on its first day. The 2012 film eventually earned 1.48 billion yen (about US$12.1 million). According to the Nikkan Sports newspaper, The Last -Naruto the Movie- (the 10th feature film in the franchise) is poised to eventually top 2 billion yen (about US$16 million), a record for the franchise.
Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto announced more details on next August's new Naruto movie during a stage greeting at a Tokyo screening of The Last -Naruto the Movie- on Saturday. He is serving as chief production supervisor for next year's movie.
The new film after The Last -Naruto the Movie- will tell the story of [Highlight white text to read spoilers] Bolt (Boruto), Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyūga's son who appeared in the 700th and final chapter of the manga. Kishimoto added, "I conceived a story in which Bolt and [Sasuke's daughter] Sarada appears. Sasuke and Sakura also appear." He also conceived of Bolt's special fighting move.
The Last -Naruto the Movie- is part of the larger "Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project" (Naruto's New Era Opening Project) marking the 15th anniversary of the original manga. The Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto ended in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on November 10 after 15 years of serialization. A new mini-series by Kishimoto with "a newly budding Konoha story" will launch next spring. An art exhibition and a stage play will also debut next spring.
Update: Livedoor News clarified that it was Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie that earned 1.48 billion yen. The Last -Naruto the Movie- has yet to report its box office total.
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