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After the Rain Film Debuts at #4, Final Code Geass Trilogy Film Debuts at #9

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Detective Conan has 7th weekend at #1, Godzilla, Shin-chan drop off top 10

The live-action film of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain) manga opened in Japan last Friday in 301 theaters. The film sold 860,000 tickets and earned 120 million yen (about US$1.09 million) to rank #4 in its opening weekend.

The film stars Nana Komatsu as Akira Tachibana, and Yō Ōizumi as Masami Kondo. The manga centers on 17-year-old high school student Akira Tachibana, a girl who barely expresses herself. She harbors a secret crush on Masami Kondō, the 45-year-old manager of the family restaurant she works at part-time

The film also had a four-episode live-action spinoff web mini-series with the same cast titled Koi wa Ameagari no You ni: Pocket no Naka no Negaigoto (After the Rain: Wish in a Pocket). It debuted on the GyaO! streaming service on May 2, with subsequent episodes debuting on May 11, 18, and 25.

The manga's 12-episode television anime adaptation premiered on January 11 on the Noitamina programming block on Fuji TV, and ended on March 30. The show streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan, with the English title After the Rain.

Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Ōdō (lit.: The Imperial Path, official English subtitle: Glorification), the third film in the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion recap film trilogy, opened on Saturday in 79 theaters to rank #9 in its opening weekend.

The films recap all 50 episodes of both Code Geass series. The cast re-recorded all their lines for the films, and the films include new scenes.

The first film in the compilation recap trilogy, Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Kōdō (lit.: The Awakening Path, official English subtitle: Initiation), opened in Japan last October. The second film, Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Handō (lit.: The Rebellion Path, official English subtitle: Transgression), opened in Japan on February 10.

Funimation has licensed the trilogy.

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 seventh consecutive weekend. The film sold 130,000 tickets and earned 180 million yen (about US$1.64 million) during the weekend. The film has now earned 7,569,065,200 yen (about US$68.6 million) and has sold 5.8 million tickets.

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. The film is now the highest-grossing film in the franchise, with TOHO aiming for the film to earn more than 8 billion yen (about US$71.9 million).

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.

The Godzilla: Kessen Kidō Zōshoku Toshi (Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle) and Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys ~Ramen Tairan~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Bakumori! Kung-Fu Boys Ramen Rebellion) films both dropped off the top 10 this week. The Crayon Shin-chan film earned 38,280,400 yen (about US$350,600) from Friday to Sunday, and has now earned a cumulative total of 1,686,296,400 yen (about US$15.4 million).

Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 6: Our Future, the sixth and final film in the Digimon Adventure tri. series, dropped from #1 to #3 in the mini-theater rankings in Japan in its fourth weekend, after three consecutive weekends at #1. While the film was originally slated to screen for three weeks, some theaters in Japan screened it for a fourth week. Theatergoers at the film's fourth-week screenings received 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.

Sources: Eiga.com, Kōgyō Tsūshin (link 2), comScore via KOFIC

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