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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Opens at #5 at Japanese Box Office

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Gintama falls to #4; Pokémon, Mary and The Witch's Flower stay in top 10

The live-action Tokyo Ghoul film opened at #5 at the Japanese box office during the July 29-30 weekend. Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note, Mars, Photo Braver 7 television series) stars in the film as as Ken Kaneki, and Kentarō Hagiwara ("Super Star" short) directed the film. The film will also have 4DX screenings in Japan. Funimation has licensed the film and plans to release it theatrically in North America in Japanese with English subtitles.

The live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga fell from #2 to #4 in its third weekend. The film opened on July 14, and has earned more than 2 billion yen in its first 14 days, the fastest live-action Japanese film to reach that amount so far this year. The film also 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).

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!), this year's Pokémon film, fell from #4 to #6 in its third 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 #6 to #8 in its fourth 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 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime film fell off the top 10 list after opening at #8 last weekend. Similarly, the live-action film based on The Anthem of the Heart (Kokosake or Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun Da.) anime film fell off the top 10 list in its second weekend after opening at #9. Additionally, the No Game, No Life Zero anime film fell from the top 10 list in its third weekend.

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