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2018 Detective Conan Film Rises to #5 in Its 11th Weekend

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Missions of Love opened at #2, Asagao to Kase-san drops to #3 in mini-theaters

Meitantei Conan: Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer), the 22nd film in the Detective Conan series, rose from #7 back up to #5 at the box office in Japan in its 11th weekend. It earned 64,482,900 yen (about US$588,300) from Friday to Sunday. The film has now earned 8,362,393,800 yen (about US$76.3 million). The film enjoyed seven consecutive weekends at #1, only dropping to #3 in its eighth 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 by earning a total of 6.89 billion yen (about US$61.1 million), which was also a franchise record. The new film is now the highest-grossing film in the franchise.

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 live-action film adaptation of Ema Toyama's Missions of Love (Watashi ni xx Shinasai!) romantic comedy manga ranked #2 in the Japanese mini-theater rankings in its opening weekend. The film opened on Saturday.

The film stars Tina Tamashiro and Yūta Koseki. Tōru Yamamoto directed the film.

The project also involved a four-episode series that premiered on MBS on March 25 and TBS on March 27. Yamamoto also directed the series, and it starred the same cast.

Toyama launched the award-winning manga in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine in 2009 and ended it in June 2015. Kodansha published 19 compiled book volumes for the manga. The manga has 2.12 million copies in print. Toyama launched a new manga titled Watashi ni xx Shinasai! Couple-hen (Missions of Love - Couple Arc) on March 2, and ended it on June 1.

The original video anime of Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and Morning Glories (Asagao to Kase-san) manga dropped from to #3 in the Japanese mini-theater rankings in its third weekend. The anime debuted on June 9, and spent two weeks at #1 in the mini-theater rankings.

The new anime's staff remains mostly the same from the staff who worked on the five-minute animated clip of the manga that debuted in May 2017. Kazuyuki Hashimoto (Cowboy Bebop, Summer Wars, Mai Mai Miracle) is replacing Yuka Hirama as art director, with Hirama now credited for concept boards. rionos is credited for music. Yui Yamada (as voiced by Minami Takahashi) and Tomoka Kase (Ayane Sakura) will perform the anime's theme song "Asu e no Tobira" (Door to Tomorrow). The song is a cover of the 2003 song of the same name by I WiSH.

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

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