Nanoha Reflection Film Opens at #8, Anthem of the Heart at #9 at Japanese Box Office

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Gintama stays at #2, Pokémon falls to #4, Mary and The Witch's Flower falls to #6

The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film opened at #8 in the Japanese box office for the weekend. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. Masaki Tsuzuki is credited with the original work, and also penned the film's script. Takayuki Hamana (The Prince of Tennis, Library War, Appleseed XIII) directed the film at Seven Arcs Pictures.

The project is planned as two films. The second film, titled Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation, will open in 2018. Eleven Arts announced earlier this month that it will screen the first film in the United States in October.

The live-action film based on The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film opened at #9. The film opened in Japan on Saturday. Naoto Kumazawa (live-action Kimi ni Todoke, Kin Kyori Renai) directed the film.

Comparatively, the original anime film opened at #5 in September 2015, earning more than 300 million yen (about US$2.5 million at the time) and selling approximately 235,000 tickets in its first five days at the Japanese box office. The film eventually earned 1.12 billion yen (about US$9.46 million at the time) to become the #35 highest-grossing domestic Japanese film of 2015.

The live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga stayed at #2 in its second weekend. The film opened on July 14, and earned 982,291,500 yen (US$8.78 million) and sold 742,254 tickets in its first four days. The film had the highest opening two days of any Japanese live-action film in 2017 so far. The film's total box-office earnings are expected to surpass 5 billion yen (US$44.7 million). As of Friday, the film had sold more than 1 million tickets and earned more than 1.3 billion yen (about US$11.7 million).

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!), this year's Pokémon film, fell to #4 in its second weekend. The film had sold 436,000 tickets to earn 516 million yen (about US$4.61 million) in its first two days and open at #1 at the Japanese box office. The anime earned 159.3% of the opening weekend total of last year's Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel film, which debuted at #3 and earned a total of 2.15 billion yen (US$19.2 million).

Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film fell from #5 to #6 in its third weekend. The film sold 324,000 tickets to earn 428 million yen (about US$3.75 million) on 458 screens in its opening weekend. The anime based on Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick book earned 113% of the box-office earnings of When Marnie Was There, Yonebayashi's previous film, during its opening weekend. The film will open in 155 countries and territories worldwide.

The No Game, No Life Zero anime film fell from #7 to #10 during its second weekend. The film's main cast and staff returned from the 2014 television anime adaptation of Yuu Kamiya's No Game, No Life light novel series.

The live-action film adaptation of Rina Yagami's Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu manga fell from the top 10 list in its third weekend, as did Lionsgate's Power Rangers film in its second weekend.

Source: Kogyo Tsushin

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