Live-Action Biblia Film Opens at #6, 6th Yamato 2202 Film Opens at #10
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The Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories crossover film dropped from #1 to #3 on its second weekend. The film earned 197,354,600 yen (about US$1.74 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 656,957,100 yen (about US$5.79 million).
The film opened in Japan on October 27, and it sold more than 300,000 tickets and earned more than 350 million yen (about US$3.13 million) in its first two days.
The film, with a theme of "memories," marks a revival of the "All Stars" film series, and also commemorates the overall franchise's 15th anniversary. The film features 55 Precures, and earned the Guinness World Record for "Most magical warriors in an anime film" on Saturday. The previous film in the "All Stars" series, Eiga Precure All Stars: Minna de Utau Kiseki no Mahō!, opened in Japan in March 2016. Crossover films after that were titled Eiga Precure Dream Stars! and Precure Super Stars!.
The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, HS Pictures Studio's new anime film sequel to the The Laws of the Universe Part 0 religious anime film,dropped from #3 to #4 on its fourth weekend. The film earned 65,276,750 yen (about US$576,200) from Friday to Sunday, and the film has earned a cumulative total of 672,174,358 yen (about US$5.93 million).
The film opened in Japan on October 12 on 206 screens, topping the Japanese box office in its opening weekend. It sold 134,089 tickets for 166,907,400 yen (about US$1.49 million) from Saturday to Sunday, and 176,210 tickets for 220,113,150 yen (about US$1.96 million) on that weekend. The film earned 42.4% more in its opening weekend than the previous The Laws of the Universe Part 0 film, and Eiga.com reports that the new film may reach a final total of 1 billion yen (about US$9 million).
Eleven Arts Anime Studio hosted the film's world premiere with an English dub at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles on October 6. The film then premiered theatrically in the United States, Canada, and Japan on October 12. Screenings in the United States and Canada are English-dubbed.
Part 1 is the first part of a trilogy. Ryuho Okawa, the founder of the controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku), is credited with the original work and as the chief production supervisor for the first film. As in Part 0, Isamu Imakake directed Part 1 at HS Pictures Studio, and was also the character designer and chief animation director. Yūichi Mizusawa once again composed the music. Nikkatsu Corporation is distributing the film, with distribution assistance from Tokyo Theatres.
The live-action film of En Mikami's Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia's Case Files (Biblia Kosho-dō no Jiken Techō) novel series ranked at #6 on its opening weekend. The film opened on November 1 on 298 screens.
The novel series is also inspiring an anime film.
"Kaisei-hen" (Resurrection Chapter), the sixth film in the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi or Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project, ranked at #10 on its opening weekend. The film opened in 35 theaters in Japan on November 2.
As with the previous films, the theaters that screen the sixth film are selling a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc of the movie. The film also became available to purchase or rent digitally on the same day it opened in theaters in Japan. The regular retail Blu-ray Disc and DVD release for the film is slated for December 21.
The project is a seven-part theatrical anime project, and the first film, subtitled "Kōshi-hen" (Starting Chapter), premiered in Japan in February 2017. The second film, subtitled "Hasshin-hen" (Departure Chapter), opened in Japan in June 2017. The third film, subtitled "Junai-hen" (Pure Love Chapter), opened in Japan in October 2017. The fourth film, subtitled "Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), opened in Japan on January 27. The fifth film, subtitled "Rengoku-hen" (Purgatory Chapter), opened in Japan on May 25.
The final film, subtitled "Shinsei-hen" (Nova Chapter), will open on March 1, 2019.
The 4D screenings for the Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer anime film is out of the top 10, but earned 40,634,700 yen (about US$358,600) from Friday to Sunday on its third weekend. The film as a whole has earned a cumulative total of 9,101,670,800 yen (about US$80.34 million).
The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation film is also out of the top 10, but still earned 24,999,900 yen (about US$220,600) from Friday to Sunday on its third weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 221,466,600 yen (about US$1.95 million).