Library Wars: The Last Mission Tops Weekend Box Office With 329 Million Yen
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Toshokan Sensō: The Last Mission film — the sequel to the live-action film adaptation of Hiro Arikawa's Toshokan Sensō (Library Wars) novel series — opened on 332 screens in Japan on Saturday, ranking #1 in the Japanese box office in its opening weekend. It sold 246,395 tickets and earned 329,462,700 yen (about US$2.75 million). Compared to the original 2013 live-action Toshokan Sensō film's opening weekend, the new film earned 152% more and sold 150.1% more tickets. The original film eventually earned 1.72 billion yen (about US$14.38 million).
The live-action film of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Bakuman. manga fell to #2 in its second week, earning 210,261,400 yen (about US$1.75 million) and sold 155,656 tickets on 324 screens, falling to 84% (a 16% drop) of its performance last week. The film has sold a cumulative total of over 500,000 tickets.
The religious anime film The Laws of the Universe Part 0 (UFO Gakuen no Himitsu) opened on 168 screens in Japan on Saturday, ranking #5 in its opening weekend. It sold 85,495 tickets and earned 117,205,850 yen (about US$979,956).
Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi, the CG-animated film based on Atsuo Saitō's 1972 children's novel, opened on 304 screens in Japan on Saturday, ranking #7 in its opening weekend. It sold 58,740 tickets and earned 75,053,900 yen (US$627,460).
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