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Live-Action Gintama 2 Film Falls to #2, Seven Deadly Sins Falls to #10

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Penguin Highway, Mirai fall off top 10; Non Non Biyori, Prince of Tennis top mini-theater ranking

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, dropped from #1 to #2 in its second week. The film sold 269,000 tickets for 371 million yen (about US$3.33 million) over the weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1,741,487,200 yen (about US$15.66 million).

The film opened in Japan on August 17 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 movie sold 215,903 tickets for 279,910,100 yen (about US$2.54 million) on that 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.

The first film opened in Japan last July, and it earned 980 million yen (US$8.9 million) in its first four days. 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 dropped from #5 to #10 in its second weekend. The film earned 85,164,700 yen (about US$766,200) from Friday to Sunday, and has now earned a cumulative total of 427,180,300 yen (about US$3.84 million).

The film opened in Japan on August 18 in 271 theaters. The film earned 196 million yen (about US$1.78 million) and sold 169,000 tickets to rank #5 that weekend.

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 off the top 10 in its sixth weekend. The film earned 63,174,900 yen (about US$568,300) from Friday to Sunday, and the film has earned a cumulative total of 2,634,550,700 yen (about US$23.70 million).

Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido's anime film of Tomihiko Morimi's Penguin Highway novel also dropped off the top 10 in its second weekend. The film earned 61,472,400 yen (about US$552,900), and the film has earned a cumulative total of 307,322,300 yen (about US$2.76 million).

Non Non Biyori Vacation, the anime film of Atto's Non Non Biyori manga, opened at #1 in the Japanese mini-theater rankings. The film opened on Saturday. The first episode of the Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! (Prince of Tennis BEST GAMES!!) original video anime (OVA) project ranked #2 in the mini-theater rankings. The OVA began its limited two-week screening in Japan on Friday.

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

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