Girls & Panzer Film Tops 2.5 Billion Yen at Box Office
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official blog for the Girls und Panzer anime franchise announced on Monday that the Girls und Panzer der Film anime movie has, as of August 13, sold 1,454,048 tickets to earn 2,501,970,524 yen (about US$22.9 million).
The film opened in Japanese theaters on November 21, 2015. Certain theaters in Japan continued to screen the film through its one-year anniversary on November 21, 2016, earning the film 2,440,849,294 yen at the box office over the course of the year. Screenings at the Cinema City theater in Tokyo ended on November 25, but continued to intermittently screen the film beginning in December. The only theater that is currently showing the film is Tokyo's Cinema Chupki Tabata theater, which is screening the film from August 1-31.
The Girls und Panzer film is director Tsutomu Mizushima's follow-up to his 2012 Girls und Panzer television anime about schoolgirls who learn to battle in tanks with other teams nationwide. The film ranked #38 in the top 39 highest grossing Japanese domestic films of 2015 (tied with Grasshopper). Sentai Filmworks screened the film with an English dub in 33 theaters in the United States on November 18 and in 30 major Canadian cities on January 26.
The film shipped in Japan on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in May 2016, and the release came with a new OVA that takes place after the events of the movie, as well as an episode of the "Akiyama Yukari no Sensha Kōza" (Yukari Akiyama's Tank Lecture) shorts. The limited special edition Blu-ray Disc of the film sold 162,361 copies in its first week and topped Oricon's overall Blu-ray Disc chart for the May 23-29 week.
The film won a Seiun Award in July for Best Dramatic Presentation.
The franchise is also getting the Girls & Panzer Saishūshō (Girls & Panzer: The Final Chapter) anime project, which will be a six-part theatrical event anime. The first anime will premiere in theaters on December 9.