Yo-kai Watch Beats Star Wars in 2nd Weekend Ticket Sales, But Not in Box Office Totals
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!, the second film the Yo-kai Watch franchise, ranked #1 in ticket sales for the December 26-27 weekend in Japan. It maintained its ranking from the previous week, and stayed above Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which ranked #2 in ticket sales again. Both movies are in their second weekends.
Between Saturday and Sunday, the Yo-kai Watch film sold 450,000 tickets in 358 theaters for 500 million yen (about US$4 million). It has now sold a grand total of 2.15 million tickets for 2.3 billion yen (US$19 million) since opening on December 19.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sold 440,000 tickets in 368 theaters over the weekend, but it earned 700 million yen (US$5.8 million) — more than Yo-kai Watch — during those two days. It has now sold a grand total of 2,452,710 tickets for 3,836,779,200 yen (US$31.863 million) since opening on December 18. It took eight days for the movie to top 3 billion yen (US$25 million), whereas it took 11 days for Frozen to reach that threshold in 2014.
The live-action film of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga also maintained its #3 ranking in its third weekend on 302 theaters.
Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan: Italia kara Kita Shōnen, the first new anime film for Momoko Sakura's Chibi Maruko-chan manga in 23 years, opened on 231 screens on December 23, ranking #6 in the Japanese box office this past weekend.
The Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Ghost & Drive Chō Movie Taisen crossover film fell to #7 in its third weekend on 292 theaters, down from #6 last week.
The High Speed! Free! Starting Days anime film maintained its #9 ranking from last week. The film opened on December 5, and is in its fourth weekend on 120 theaters.