News Yo-kai Watch Shadowside Anime Film Stays at #2 in 3rd Weekend at Box Office
posted on 2018-01-14 04:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yōkai Watch franchise, stayed at #2 at the Japanese box office for the December 30-31 weekend. The film sold 131,000 tickets to earn 150 million yen (about US$1.32 million) in its second weekend. The film has earned 1.22 billion yen (about US$10.77 million) total so far. The new film is expected to earn 2.5 billion yen (about US$22 million).
New to the film is the ability for yo-kai to transform into "lightside" and "shadowside" forms. In these forms, yo-kai show different personalities, abilities, and appearances. Jibanyan, Komasan, Whisper, Nurarihyon, Lord Enma, and Slimamander returned in the film. Characters from Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō manga also appear in the film. LEVEL-5 president and CEO and Yōkai Watch creator Akihiro Hino oversaw production of the film, as well as provided the original concept and wrote the script.
The Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider crossover film moved up from #6 to #5 in its fourth weekend. The film opened on December 9 in 330 theaters.
The first film in the six-film Girls und Panzer das Finale anime project rose from #10 to #8 in its fourth weekend. The film opened in Japan on December 9 in 59 theaters. The new film features new characters from BC Freedom High School as they engage in a winter battle.
The live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga stayed at #9 in its fifth weekend. The film had opened on December 1 on about 400 screens in Japan, including on IMAX and 4DX screens.
The Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card film's rescreening ranked at #2 on the mini-theater rankings in its debut weekend.