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Live-Action Gintama 2 Earns 800 Million Yen at #1, Seven Deadly Sins Opens at #5

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Penguin Highway opens at #10, Mirai drops to #9

Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, opened in Japan last Friday in 345 theaters. The film earned over 800 million yen (about US$7.27 million) from Friday to Sunday to rank #1 in its opening weekend. The film earned 528 million yen (about US$4.80 million) of that amount on Saturday and Sunday, and sold 385,000 tickets during the weekend.

The movie sold 215,903 tickets for 279,910,100 yen (about US$2.54 million) on Friday, 190,682 tickets for 260,606,100 yen (about US$2.37 million) on Saturday, and 194,210 tickets for 267,002,200 yen (about US$2.43 million) on Sunday.

The film's story covers both the "Shinsengumi Crisis" and the "Shogun Reception" arcs, the latter of which features the introduction of the Shogun.

The film stars Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura, and Masaki Okada as Kotarō Katsura.

An accompanying three-episode live-action show titled Gintama 2: Yo ni mo Kimyō na Gintama-chan premiered on Saturday on Docomo's dTV streaming service.

The first film opened in Japan last July, and it earned 980 million yen (US$8.9 million) in its first four days. The film also inspired a live-action net show that debuted on Docomo's dTV streaming service one day after the film's opening. Well Go USA released the first film on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, and Digital HD on March 6.

The Gekijōban Nanatsu no Taizai Tenkū no Torawarebito (The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky) anime film opened in Japan on Saturday in 271 theaters. The film earned 196 million yen (about US$1.78 million) and sold 169,000 tickets to rank #5.

The film is based on Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga, with a completely original story by Suzuki himself.

Noriyuki Abe served as chief director, while Yasuto Nishikata directed at A-1 Pictures. Makoto Uezu wrote the script. Keigo Sasaki returned from the television anime as character designer and chief animation director, and Hiroyuki Sawano again composed the music.

Suzuki's manga inspired a 24-episode television anime series that aired in 2014 and 2015. Netflix later streamed the series with both English and Japanese audio, and Funimation released the series in two parts on home video. A four-episode television anime special titled The Seven Deadly Sins -Signs of Holy War- then premiered in August 2016. Netflix began streaming the series in February 2017. A second season, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments premiered in January.

Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai) anime film fell from #6 to #9 in its fifth weekend. The film earned 93,293,300 yen (about US$849,500) from Friday to Sunday. The film has now earned a cumulative total of 2,452,486,000 yen (about US$22.33 million).

The film opened in 456 theaters on July 20 in Japan. It sold 295,000 tickets for 500 million yen (about US$4.5 million) to rank #2 in its opening weekend. The weekend earnings were about 40% less than the opening weekend gross of Hosoda's previous The Boy and the Beast film, which earned 667,035,100 yen (about US$5.4 million) in its opening weekend.

The film had its world premiere in May at this year's Directors' Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. International sales banner Charades represented the film at Cannes in 2017, and has sold distribution rights to GKIDS in the United States, MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime Limited in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.

The film stars Moka Kamishiraishi and Haru Kuroki as sibling protagonists Kun-chan and Mirai, respectively. The film's story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.

Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido's anime film of Tomihiko Morimi's Penguin Highway novel opened in Japan last Friday in 192 theaters. The film ranked at #10 in its opening weekend.

The novel's story center on fourth grader Aoyama (Kana Kita) and a mysterious older woman (Yuu Aoi), who is a dental assistant and also Aoyama's first crush. When a group of penguins appears in his quiet suburban neighborhood, Aoyama works to uncover the reason for their appearance.

Hiroyasu Ishida, who directed Colorido's "Hinata no Aoshigure" and "Fumiko's Confession" shorts, directed the film as his first feature-length directorial work. Typhoon Noruda director Yōjiro Arai designed the characters for the film. Makoto Ueda, who wrote and supervised the scripts for anime adaptations of Morimi's The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short, Walk On Girl novels, returned to pen the script for this film. Umitarō Abe composed the music.

The film won the "Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation" award for Best Animated Feature at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival in July.

Yen Press licensed Morimi's original novel.

The My Hero Academia: Two Heroes anime film fell off the top 10 in its third weekend, but is still screening. The film earned 71,958,500 yen (about US$655,000) from Friday to Sunday, and has now earned a cumulative total of 1,245,978,300 yen (about US$11.34 million).

The Kamen Rider Build: Be the One and Kaitō Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger en film double feature fell off the top 10 in its third weekend, but is still screening. The double feature earned 128,886,100 yen (about US$1.16 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has now earned a cumulative total of 793,739,600 yen (about US$7.22 million).

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), the 21st film in the Pokémon franchise, fell off the top 10 in its seventh weekend, but is still screening. The film earned 72,759,300 yen (about US$662,300) from Friday to Sunday. The film has now earned a cumulative total of 2,673,030,600 yen (about US$24.33 million).

The live-action film adaptation of Momoko Kōda's Sensei Kunshu (Teacher Monarch) manga fell off the top 10 in its third weekend.

Flavors of Youth (Shikioriori), CoMix Wave Films' collaboration anime anthology project with Haoliners, climbed from #6 to #5 in the top 5 mini-theater rankings for the third and final week of its three-week limited run. The film ranked #4 in its opening weekend. Netflix debuted the film globally on August 4, on the same day as its Japanese theatrical opening.

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

Update: More Gintama 2 numbers added. Source: Animate Times

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