Shin-chan Film Drops to #7, Detective Conan Stays at #1
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan series, remained at #1 at the box office in Japan in its fifth consecutive weekend. The film earned 277 million yen (about US$2.5 million) and sold 199,000 tickets on Saturday and Sunday. The film has now earned 6,760,140,400 yen (about US$61.1 million) and has sold 5,190,000 tickets.
As with the previous two weekends, the latest Detective Conan film's number of tickets sold topped the Avengers: Infinity War film, which opened in Japan on April 27. The Avengers sequel ranked #2 for Saturday and Sunday in both the number of tickets sold and earnings. It sold 128,000 tickets for 201 million yen (about US$1.83 million) over the weekend.
Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer had sold 1,289,000 tickets in its first three days to earn 1.67 billion yen (about US$15.6 million). The film's opening Saturday and Sunday sales represented 100.7% of the total that last year's Meitantei Conan Kara Kurenai no Love Letter film earned in its first Saturday and Sunday. Last year's film became the highest-grossing domestic film in Japan in 2017, earning a total of 6.89 billion yen (about US$61.1 million), which is also a franchise record. This year's film is poised to become the series' sixth consecutive film to break the franchise's previous box-office record.
Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100, Death Parade) directed the new film. The film is a sequel of the series' 20th film, Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare, and centers on Tōru "Zero" Amuro. Police chief Hyōe Kuroda, who is rumored to be Rum in the Black Organization, appears for the first time in a film for the franchise.
Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys ~Ramen Tairan~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys Ramen Rebellion), the 26th Crayon Shin-chan film, dropped from #4 to #7 in its fifth weekend at the box office. The film earned 80,012,600 yen (about US$729,300) from Friday to Sunday, and has now cumulatively earned a total of 1,565,966,000 yen (about US$14.27 million).
The film had sold 315,000 tickets to earn 367 million yen (about US$3.42 million) in its opening weekend. The film is expected to earn more than 1.6 billion yen (about US$14.9 million). The opening weekend sales represent 111.2% of the total that last year's Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shūrai! Uchūjin Shiriri (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Invasion! Alien Shiriri) film earned in its opening Saturday-Sunday weekend. Last year's film earned a total of 1.62 billion yen (about US$15.1 million) at the box office in Japan.
The kung-fu action film is set in a Chinatown named Aiyātown in Kusakabe, Saitama (the setting of the main series). Crayon Shin-chan Bakusui! Yumemi World Dai Totsugeki director Wataru Takahashi returned to direct the film. Eiga Crayon Shin-chan: Ora no Hikkoshi Monogatari ~Saboten Daishūgeki scriptwriter Kimiko Ueno wrote the script.
The live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga dropped from #7 to #9 in its third weekend. The film earned 31,115,200 yen (about US$283,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has now earned a cumulative total of 433,478,600 yen (about US$3.95 million).
The film opened in Japan on April 27.
Masaki Suda played the character Haru Yoshida. Tao Tsuchiya played Shizuku Mizutani. Shō Tsukikawa (live-action Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai, Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai) directed the film.
"Tanjō Akai Suisei" (Rise of the Red Comet), the sixth and last episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime and the last in the anime's "Loum Arc," dropped from #9 to #10 in its second weekend, earning 34,807,700 yen (about US$317,100) from Friday to Sunday. The film has now earned a cumulative total of 178,991,800 yen (about US$1.63 million).
The film focuses on the young Zeon ace Char Aznable earning his "Red Comet" nom de guerre. The episode also focuses on the beginnings of the Federation's "Project V" weapons project that will eventually give birth to the RX-78-2 Gundam.
The anime project adapts Yasuhiko's manga of the same name, which in turn is inspired by the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime's story. Yasuhiko designed the characters in the first Gundam anime, and he serves as the chief director and storyboarder for the Gundam The Origin anime. Yasuhiko revealed last month that Gundam The Origin is his last anime
The live-action film of Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki manga fell off the top 10 this weekend.
Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 6: Our Future, the sixth and final film in the Digimon Adventure tri series, ranked #1 once again in the mini-theater rankings in Japan in its second weekend. While the film was originally slated to screen for three weeks, some theaters in Japan will screen it for a fourth week. Theatergoers at the film's fourth-week screenings will receive a postcard with illustration by character designer Kenji Watanabe.
As with previous films in the series, theaters screening the film are also selling a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc. The film also debuted online for a fee on the same day in Japan. Crunchyroll is streaming the film as five episodes.
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