The Last: Naruto the Movie Opens at #1 with 515 Million Yen
posted on by Tiara Hamilton
The movie data firm Kōgyō Tsūshin reported on Monday that the 10th Naruto film, The Last -Naruto the Movie-, opened on Saturday at #1 in the Japanese box office. It sold 396,280 tickets for 515,331,800 yen (about US$4.27 million) on 266 screens.
Reports from the weekend indicate that the film was on track to overtake the previous Naruto film, 2012's Road to Ninja Naruto the Movie by 175% at the box office as of 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, and to eventually top 2 billion yen (about US$16 million), a record for the franchise. After two days, it is tracking at 156.0% of the previous film's box office.
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.
In addition to The Last -Naruto the Movie-, Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark) and the concert film BUMP OF CHICKEN "Willpolis 2014" opened at #7 and #9, respectively. Yamato 2199 sold 46,805 tickets for 68,761,100 yen (US$570,000) on 89 screens, while BUMP OF CHICKEN "Willpolis 2014" sold 21,925 tickets for 43,422,200 yen (US$360,000) on 20 screens.
The animated Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune film promised to have the "true ending" of the Yamato 21999 story with a three-way battle between Yamato, Gatlantis, and Gamilas. Yutaka Izubuchi and Makoto Bessho co-directed off of Izubuchi's screenplay at studio XEBEC.
The Live-action Parasyte film dropped from #1 to #2 on the list in its second weekend. Takashi Miike's live-action film of Akeji Fujimura and Muneyuki Kaneshiro's As the Gods Will (Kami-sama no Iu Toori) manga dropped from #4 to #5 in its fourth weekend. Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~, the first of two Attack on Titan compilation films, maintained its #10 rank in its third weekend.
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