Star Wars Tops Yo-kai Watch in Ticket Sales & Box Office Totals in 3rd Weekend
posted on by Egan Loo
Star Wars: The Force Awakens ranked #1 in weekend ticket sales for the first time in three weekends in Japan. It also ranked #1 in actual money earned at the box office for the third straight weekend. It sold 521,980 tickets in 368 theaters for 826,655,600 yen (about US$6.9407 million). In 17 days since opening on December 18, it has sold 4.14 million tickets for 6.3998 billion yen (US$53.78 million).
As a result, Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!, the second film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, dropped from #1 to #2 in ticket sales in its third weekend. It also remained #2 in money earned at the box office for the third straight weekend. It sold 321,594 tickets in 358 theaters for 374,386,900 yen. The first Yo-kai Watch film, Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan!, also ranked #1 in tickets sales for two straight weekends before stalling and losing the crown to Big Hero 6, which eventually earned more money.
The live-action film of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga maintained its #3 ranking in its fourth weekend on 302 theaters. It sold 136,711 tickets for 168,658,900 yen (1.417 million yen) during the weekend for a new grand total of over 2 billion yen.
The Girls und Panzer film rose from #13 to #9 in its seventh weekend on 77 theaters.