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Live-Action Assassination Classroom Audience was 90% Female, 58% Teen

posted on 2015-03-24 12:00 EDT
Film tops box office with 411 million yen

The live-action film of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga opened this past weekend at #1 at the Japanese box office. It sold 350,900 tickets at 313 theaters for a two-day total of 410,788,100 yen (about US$3.44 million). The ratio of male to female in the audience was 1 to 9. 35.5% were 16 to 19 years old, and 22.4% were 13 to 15 years old. 14.3% were in their 20s.

The cast at their opening-day stage greetings announced that Arashi band member Kazunari Ninomiya (Gantz, Tekkonkinkreet, Letters from Iwo Jima) voiced Koro-sensei in the film. Hey! Say! JUMP band member Ryōsuke Yamada (Kindaichi Case Files' Kindaichi) leads the cast.

Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes slipped from #1 to #2 in its third weekend. The live-action Strobe Edge film also fell from #3 to #5 in its second weekend. Super Hero Taisen GP Kamen Rider 3-gō opened at #6. Eiga Precure All Stars: Haru no Carnival dropped from #4 to #8 in its second weekend.

Viz Media will publish the third Assassination Classroom manga volume in North America in April. The publisher describes the story:

A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had!

The group Sensa-tions performed the theme song "Koro-sensa-tions" to the film. The song includes vocals by Ninomiya.

Eiichirō Hasumi (Umizaru films, Wild 7) directed the film, and Tatsuya Kanazawa (Saru Lock The Movie, Lucky Seven) wrote the script.

Source: Cinema Today


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