Shinkai's 'your name.' is #1 in 13th Week as Gundam the Origin IV Debuts at #9
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film stayed at #1 during its 13th weekend at the Japanese box office. It sold 191,000 more tickets for 254 million yen (about US$2.29 million) for a new grand total of 18.9 billion yen (about US$170 million) — just a little over 400 million yen (about US$ 4 million) behind Princess Mononoke's lifetime box office.
Shinkai's latest film had topped the Japanese charts for nine straight weekends since it opened on August 26, and in its 10th weekend dropped to #2 to Death Note Light up the NEW world, before regaining the top spot in its 11th weekend. The film had earned 18.5 billion yen (about US$166 million) as of November 16.
The film is the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the fourth highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan, and the fourth highest-grossing anime film in Japan. The three highest-grossing Japanese films in Japan include Spirited Away (30.8 billion yen), Howl's Moving Castle (19.6 billion yen) and Princess Mononoke (19.3 billion yen). Shinkai's your name. is projected to possibly approach 20 billion yen (US$200 million).
The live-action Museum film stayed at #2 for its second weekend. The film adapts Ryōsuke Tomoe's Museum (Museum - The Serial Killer is Laughing in the Rain) suspense horror manga, which centers on a series of bizarre murders by a man wearing a frog mask. The man calls himself a vigilante and performs the murders based on themes such as "dogfood punishment," or "punishment of knowing a mother's pain." Detective Sawamura is leading the investigation, but becomes aware that his wife is one of the killer's targets.
Additionally, the Death Note Light up the NEW world live-action stayed at #4 in its fourth weekend. The live-action Oboreru Knife film fell from #6 to #7 during its third weekend. The Eiga Mahō Tsukai Precure! Kiseki no Henshin! Cure Mofurun! anime film dropped from #7 to #8 in its fourth weekend.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin IV: Unmei no Zenya (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin IV Eve of Destiny), the fourth episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime, debuted at #9. The film screened at 15 Japanese theaters on Saturday.
The current Char/Sayla arc of the anime ends with the fourth episode. The episode features Char's "fateful encounter" with the girl Lalah sune, the first Gundam anime's protagonist Amuro Ray, and "the legendary Dr. Minovsky" (whose physics breakthroughs eventually led to mobile suit warfare). The episode also covers the development of the MS-04 and the RX-78 Gundam mobile suits, as well as the first ever mobile suit battle in history.
Daisuki began streaming the episode last Friday with an English dub and English, Japanese, French, Korean, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong), and Simplified Chinese subtitles.
Sunao Katabuchi's (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) In This Corner of the World anime film stayed at #10 in its second weekend. It expanded to 68 screens and thus actually increased its box office from its first weekend to its second weekend. It sold 39,638 more tickets for 56,798,980 yen (about US$513,000) in its second weekend. In total, it has now sold 117,332 tickets for 162,899,760 yen (about US$1.47 million)
Source: Kogyo Tsushin
Update: Added numbers from Eiga.com
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