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Shunji Iwai's 'Fireworks' Film Drops to #4, Mary and the Witch's Flower Stays at #9

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Pokémon falls to #8, live-action Gintama drops to #10

Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?), the anime film adaptation of director Shunji Iwai's 1993 live-action drama of the same name, dropped from #3 to #4 in its second weekend. The film had earned 170 million yen (about US$1.6 million) on its opening day on August 18, and ranked #3 in the box office in its opening weekend. It is expected to earn a total of 4 billion yen (US$37 million) at the Japanese box office.

The live-action Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) film stayed at #5 in its fifth weekend.The film has earned a cumulative total of 2.5 billion yen (US$23 million). The film is based on Yoru Sumino's novel of the same name. The book is also inspiring an anime film next year.

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta!), this year's Pokémon film, fell from #6 to #8 in its seventh weekend. The film had sold 436,000 tickets to earn 516 million yen (US$4.61 million) in its first two days and open at #1 at the Japanese box office. The film 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 stayed at #9 in its eighth weekend. This is the third straight weekend that the film has ranked #9. The film has earned a cumulative total of 3 billion yen (US$28 million). The film sold 324,000 tickets to earn 428 million yen (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 live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga fell from #8 to #10 in its seventh weekend. The film opened on July 14, and has earned more than 3 billion yen (US$27.20 million) after 30 days in theaters. 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$45 million).

The double feature Gekijō-ban Kamen Rider Ex-Aid True Ending and Uchū Sentai Kyūranger The Movie: Gase Indabay no Gyakushū films dropped out of the box office top 10 this weekend.

Sources: Kōgyō Tsūshin, Eiga.com

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