Attack on Titan Manga Has 50 Million Copies in Print Worldwide, TOHO Estimates 5 Billion Yen Total for 1st Live-Action Film
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The Japanese entertainment news website Eiga.com reported on Saturday that Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga has surpassed 50 million copies in print worldwide. Kodansha Comics had revealed last month that the English-language edition of the manga has 2.5 million copies in circulation. The Japanese version of the manga had 44 million copies in print as of April.
Eiga.com also reported that TOHO is estimating that the first Attack on Titan live-action movie will earn a total of 5 billion yen (about US$40.3 million) in Japan. By comparison, last year the top domestic film in Japan was Eien no 0 (The Eternal Zero), which earned 8.76 billion yen. The two live-action Rurouni Kenshin sequel films, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, earned a combined total of 9.57 billion yen. The top-grossing anime film of 2014 was Stand By Me Doraemon, which earned 8.38 billion yen.
The first of two live-action Attack on Titan films opened on 427 screens across Japan on Saturday. The second movie, Attack on Titan: End of the World, will open on September 19.
Funimation hosted the world premiere of the first film in Hollywood last month. Funimation's license includes theatrical, video-on-demand, home video, and broadcast rights, and the company plans to release the first film in American theaters this fall.
Hajime Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga depicts the battles between humans and the giants who now rule the world outside humans' walled enclaves.
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