Live-Action Blue Spring Ride Film Opens at #1 in Box Office

posted on by Karen Ressler
Aikatsu! film also opens, ranks #1 in viewer satisfaction

The movie data firm Kōgyō Tsūshin reported on Monday that the live-action film of Io Sakisaka's Blue Spring Ride (Ao Haru Ride) romance manga opened this past weekend at #1 in the Japanese box office. The film sold 210,000 tickets for 307 screens and earned about 241 million yen (US$2.05 million).

The story revolves around Futaba Yoshioka (played by Tsubasa Honda), a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka (played by Masahiro Higashide) in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.

The cast for the film also includes Yua Shinkawa as Shūko Murao, Ryo Yoshizawa as Aya Kominato, Izumi Fujimoto as Yūri Makita, and Yū Koyanagi as Yōichi Tanaka. Takahiro Miki (Solanin, Hidamari no Kanojo, We Were There) directed the film off a script by Tomoko Yoshida (Gaku, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru).

The Aikatsu film opened this weekend at #5, but ranked #1 in viewer satisfaction ratings for its first day according to ticket sales company Pia. The film sold 157,000 tickets for 151 screens and earned about 171 million yen (US$1.45 million).

Bandai's orginal idol-themed card game inspired three anime series prior to the film. The story of the anime revolves around Ichigo, who was just a normal middle school student until she suddenly got involved in the world of idols. The film will center around Aikatsu's greatest "Super Live" concert yet, the Dai Star Miya Ichigo Matsuri. Ichigo prepares for the concert with press conferences, last-minute lessons, and more.

The Kamen Rider Gaim x Kamen Rider Drive Yoroi Movie: Daisen Full Throttle film also opened this weekend at #4. The film sold 167,000 tickets for 295 screens and earned about 202 million yen (US$1.72 million).

The Last -Naruto the Movie- fell from #1 to #2 in its second weekend. The live-action Parasyte film dropped from #2 to #6 on the list in its third weekend.

Sources: Variety, Kōgyō Tsūshin, Akiba Sōken via Yaraon!

Update: Typo fixed. Thanks, ukiya_seed

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