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Shinkai's 'your name.' Rises to #2 at Box Office, Resident Evil Falls to #3

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Dōbutsu Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger: Mirai kara no Message from Super Sentai opens at #4

Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film rose from #3 to #2 at the Japanese box office in its 21st weekend. As of Sunday, 143 days after it opened in Japan, the film had earned 23.23 billion yen (about US$204 million).

your name. is now the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the second highest-grossing Japanese film, and the second highest-grossing anime film. The only Japanese film to gross higher is Spirited Away (30.8 billion yen).

The film is slated to open in 92 countries and territories, including in the United States through Funimation in the first quarter of this year.

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, and it stayed at the top spot in its 12th and 13th weekends.

The Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Biohazard the Final) live-action film fell from #2 to #3 in its fourth weekend. The film opened in Japan first on December 23, and sold 644,000 tickets to earn 978 million yen (about US$8,350,000) over its first three days. It will open on January 27 in the United States.

The live-action Dōbutsu Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger: Mirai kara no Message from Super Sentai (Animal Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger: Message from the Future from Super Sentai) film debuted at #4 in its opening weekend. The film opened on Saturday in Japan as part of the long-running Super Sentai special effects series.

Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! fell from #1 to #5 in its fifth weekend. In its opening weekend, the film earned 608,033,100 yen (about US$5.189 million) on 415 screens from Saturday to Sunday.

Sunao Katabuchi's (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) In This Corner of the World anime film rose from #10 to #8 in its 10th weekend. The film opened at 63 theaters, but more theaters are adding screenings due to the film's popularity. The film's website now lists more than 200 theaters that have screened or will screen the film.

Sources: Kōgyō Tsūshin (link 2), Movie Walker

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