Shinkai's 'your name.' Reclaims Top Spot at Japanese Weekend Box Office

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Also: film is now top Japanese-animated film in ticket sales in S. Korea

Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film returned to the top spot in the Japanese box office for the January 21-22 weekend. The last time the film was at #1 was nine weeks ago, on November 19-20 last year. The film is on its 22nd weekend.

In addition, the film has sold 3,021,651 tickets in South Korea as of Sunday. The film has beaten Howl's Moving Castle to become the new record holder of ticket sales for Japanese-animated films in South Korea. Howl's Moving Castle had sold 3.01 million tickets. Among all animated films released in South Korea, your name. is now has the eighth-highest ticket sales.

The 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.

Shinjuku Swan II, the sequel to the live-action film of Ken Wakui's Shinjuku Swan manga, ranked #3 in its opening weekend at the Japanese box office. The film opened in Japan on Saturday.

The Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Biohazard the Final) live-action film fell from #3 to #6 in its fifth 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. The film will open on January 27 in the United States.

Sunao Katabuchi's (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) In This Corner of the World anime film rose from #8 to #7 in its 11th 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.

Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! fell from #5 to #8 in its sixth weekend. In its opening weekend, the film earned 608,033,100 yen (about US$5.189 million) on 415 screens from Saturday to Sunday.

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 dropped from #4 to #9 in its second weekend. The film opened on January 14 in Japan as part of the long-running Super Sentai special effects series.

Sources: Kōgyō Tsūshin, The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web, Chūō Nippō

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