Death Note Light up the NEW world Film Earns 458 Million Yen in Opening Weekend
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The live-action Death Note Light up the NEW world film earned 458,645,800 yen (about US$4.37 million) during its opening weekend. The film opened on 342 screens, and sold 342,309 tickets. Comparatively, the 2006 live-action Death Note film earned 405,629,000 yen (US$3.86 million by today's conversion) and sold 306,385 tickets in its first weekend.
The film opened in the #1 spot during the weekend, beating out Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film for the top spot. your name. had held the top spot for nine consecutive weeks since it opened in Japan on August 26.
your name.'s box office totals as of Monday reached 17.19 billion yen (about US$163.7 million), 67 days after the film opened. The film is the ninth highest-grossing film ever in Japan, and is approaching the earnings of the eighth highest-grossing film (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at 17.3 billion yen) and the seventh highest-grossing film (Bayside Shakedown 2 at 17.35 billion yen).
your name. previously surpassed the 2013 Japanese box office total of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises (12.02 billion yen) and the 2008 total of Ghibli and Miyazaki's Ponyo anime film (15.5 billion yen). The only anime films to earn more than your name. are Ghibli and Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. The film is now projected to possibly approach 20 billion yen (US$200 million).
Update: Disney's Frozen was #1 for five weekends in 2014 before being replaced by Detective Conan: Dimensional Sniper — only to return to the top for 10 more weekends.
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