Girls und Panzer Film's Theatrical Run Tops 2.3 Billion Yen in 40 Weeks
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official blog for the Girls und Panzer anime franchise announced on Monday that the Girls und Panzer film has sold a total of 1,355,313 tickets for 2,315,264,894 yen (about US$23.08 million), as of August 21. The film is currently screening in two theaters, but beginning on August 27 the film will be playing in 15 theaters, including four new locations.
In addition, the blog announced that some theaters will continue to screen the film through November 21, so that the film will have been in theaters for a full year. The film has currently been in theaters for 40 weeks since opening last November 21.
The film has surpassed the box office earnings of Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion, which earned a total of 2.08 billion yen (about US$18.7 million) during its theatrical run in Japan when it opened in October 2013. It has not surpassed the Love Live! The School Idol Movie, which earned a total of 2.86 billion yen (about US$25.7 million) after opening in August 2015.
The Girls und Panzer film opened in Japan last November, and it ranked #38 in the top 39 highest grossing Japanese domestic films of 2015 (tied with Grasshopper). The film began screening in 4DX starting on February 20, and that first run ended in April. The film then began ULTIRA screenings with higher video and sound quality in May, along with immersive 4DX screenings (with motion seats, scents, bubbles, and mist) and bonus filmstrip presents. Thus far more than 235 theaters have shown or resumed showing the film, including 77 in its opening weekend.
The film shipped on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 27, and the release came with a new OVA that takes place after the events of the movie, as well as an episode of the "Akiyama Yukari no Sensha Kōza" (Yukari Akiyama's Tank Lecture) shorts. The limited special edition Blu-ray Disc of the film sold 162,361 copies in its first week and topped Oricon's overall Blu-ray Disc chart for the May 23-29 week. It has topped the first-week sales of the limited edition Blu-ray Disc release of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion anime film (which sold about 128,000 copies in its first week) to become the fourth-highest selling Japanese animation Blu-ray Disc in its first week ever.
The film won a Seiun Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.