Love Live Film's New Single Sets Franchise Record in 1st-Week Sales
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"Angelic Angel"/"Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete," the July 1 CD single with two insert songs from Love Live! The School Idol Movie, sold about 82,000 copies in its first week of sales. It ranked #2 on Oricon's singles ranking chart for the June 29-July 5 week. It has topped the franchise record for the single with the most copies sold in its first week, and it also tied the franchise record for the single with the highest sales ranking.
The single is the first of three weekly singles with insert songs from the movie. It features "Angelic Angel" by the anime's nine-girl idol group μ's and "Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete" (Hello, Count the Stars) by the group's three first-year students.
The second weekly single debuts on Wednesday with "Sunny Day Song" by μ's and "?←Heartbeat" by the three third-year students. The third single debuts on July 15 with "Boku-tachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari" (We Are A Single Light) by μ's and "Future style" by the three second-year students.
The film topped the Japanese box office for tickets sold for its first three weeks in theaters since June 13. As of its 23rd day in theaters on July 5, it has sold over one million tickets to earn over 1.4 billion yen (about US$11.4 million).
The film will premiere in select cities in the United States on September 12. The film will also screen in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, and Indonesia.