Live-Action Gintama Film Ranks #2, Earns 61.39 Million Yuan in China Opening

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Film opened on 12,000 screens in largest screen count for Japanese live-action film in Chinese box office history

The live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga opened in China on September 1, and earned 61.39 million yuan (about US$9.37 million or about 1.03 billion yen) in its first three days. The film ranked #2 in the Chinese box office in its opening weekend.

The movie is the third Japanese movie to open in Japan in 2017, after Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachi Kochi Daibōken. Gintama also opened with the largest screen count for a Japanese live-action film in Chinese box office history, with 8,000 theaters and 12,000 screens, with 50,000 screenings per day.

The last Japanese live-action film that screened in Japan was the second live-action Parasyte film in September 2016.

The film already had its Canadian premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in July, and it will also screen in the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, and Central and South America.

The film opened in Japan on July 14, and it earned 980 million yen (US$8.9 million) in its first four days. As of August 20, the film has earned 3,480,224,800 yen (about US$31.83 million) in Japan. The film also inspired a live-action net show that debuted on Docomo's dTV streaming service on July 15, one day after the film's opening.

Sources: Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo), Variety (Patrick Frater)

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