21st Detective Conan Film Earns 6.35 Billion Yen, Sets New Record For Film Franchise
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The staff of the Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter (Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter) anime film, the 21st film in the Detective Conan franchise, announced on Monday that the film has earned more than 6.35 billion yen (about US$57 million) as of Sunday. The amount sets a new record for the Detective Conan film series. The film is the fifth film in a row to set a new franchise record.
The film has sold 4,948,000 tickets since opening in Japan on April 15.
The 20th film in the franchise, Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare, earned 6.33 billion yen (about US$56.9 million at present conversion rates). The 19th film, Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno, earned 4.48 billion yen (about US$40.2 million at present conversion rates). As of May 2016, the anime film franchise exceeded 60 billion yen (about US$557.6 million) in total box-office earnings.
Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter sold 987,568 tickets and earned 1,286,928,000 yen (about US$11.88 million) in its opening weekend, setting a new opening weekend record for the franchise.
The film is a love story set in Osaka, and features Heiji Hattori and Kazuha Toyama. The film features Momiji Ōoka, a high school karuta champion who refers to Heiji as her future husband and is a romantic rival for Kazuha. She appears in the manga for the first time in the 91st compiled volume, which shipped on December 16 in Japan, and this film was her first anime appearance. Satsuki Yukino voiced the character.
Kobun Shizuno, the director of the last six Detective Conan films, returned to direct the film at TMS and V1 Studio. Takeharu Sakurai also returned from earlier films to write the script based on Aoyama's story, and franchise composer Katsuo Ono again provided the music.
Source: Anime! Anime! (Kōtarō Nakase)