2nd Chihayafuru Film Opens at #5, Terraformars at #7
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, the second live-action film of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga, opened last Friday on 294 screens. It sold 193,226 tickets and earned 216,326,200 yen (about US$2.04 million) over Saturday and Sunday to rank #5 in the box office. The film earned about 20.8% more in those two days than the first film's 179,018,300-yen (about US$1.59 million) opening weekend on March 19. Both films are projected to earn a combined total of 3 billion yen (about US$28.3 million).
The live-action film of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's science-fiction manga Terraformars opened last Friday on 327 screens. Despite the high screen count, it sold 128,730 tickets and earned 150,636,500 yen (about US$1.4 million) over Saturday and Sunday to rank #7 in the box office.
Detective Conan: Junkoku no Nightmare (Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare), the 20th Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime film, topped the Japanese box office chart for the third straight weekend. The film sold 490,261 tickets over the weekend for 562,252,800 yen (about US$5.3 million), bringing the film's box office total to more than 3.6 billion yen (about US$33.9 million). Its third-weekend attendance only dropped only 6% compared to the second weekend.
The film opened on 348 screens on April 16 and earned the highest opening weekend gross in the franchise's history. The previous film, Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno, eventually grossed a total of over 4.4 billion yen (about US$40.33 million), the highest so far in the franchise's history, but Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare is projected to eventually earn over 5 billion yen (about US$45.83 million).
Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakusui! Yumemi World Dai Totsugeki (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie Fast Asleep! The Large Attack on the Dreaming World), the 24th Crayon Shin-chan film, fell from #3 to #4 in its third weekend after Captain America: Civil War opened at #3.
The live-action film of Kengo Hanazawa's best-selling zombie manga I am a Hero dropped from #4 to #6 in its second weekend. The film sold 159,964 tickets over the weekend and earned 225,688,700 yen (about US$2 million).
Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai (I've Always Liked You: Confession Executive Committee), the anime film of HoneyWorks' Vocaloid song project "Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Renai Series~," fell from #8 to off the ranking. Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku and Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Nihon Tanjō (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016) also fell off the ranking.