Last Kamen Rider Heisei Film Opens at #3, Nisekoi Opens at #9
posted on by Egan Loo
The Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film slipped from #1 to #2 at the Japanese box office (in terms of tickets sold) during its second weekend. The film sold 321,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 419,225,100 yen (about US$3.8 million) over the Friday-Sunday timeframe. It has earned 1,868,589,400 yen (about US$17 million) total as of Sunday. As of Monday, it has sold 1.5 million tickets for more than 2 billion yen (US$18.1 million) after 11 days at the box office, a franchise record.
The film opened in 361 theaters in Japan on December 14, and has 4DX screenings in Japan in addition to normal screenings. The film sold more than 820,000 tickets and earned more than 1,050,000,000 yen (about US$9.26 million) in its first three days. Toei stated it anticipates the film will earn more than 5 billion yen (about US$44 million) overall.
The film's story takes place after the events of the Dragon Ball Super television anime. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama wrote the script and designed the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) directed the film, Bin Shimada returned to the role of Broly for the film, and Katsuhisa Houki joined the cast as Paragus. The film adds two original characters: Chirai (voiced by Nana Mizuki) and Remo (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita).
The film's English dub had its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on December 13, and the film will open in the United States and Canada on January 16.
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever, the last Kamen Rider film of the Heisei era, opened on 332 screens at #3. It sold 313,000 tickets for 389 million yen (about US$3.5 million) over the weekend — 108.% of Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider's opening box office last year. Last year's film eventually earned 1.28 billion yen (about US$11.6 million, and the Eiga.com website reports that this year's film is expected to earn over 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.6 million).
The Eiga Yōkai Watch: Forever Friends anime film dropped from #4 to #8 in its second weekend. It earned 135,591,700 yen (about US$1.23 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 444,398,200 yen (about US$4.03 million).
The film sold 223,000 tickets to earn 251 million yen (about US$2.23 million) over its first weekend. The film earned 37% less in its opening weekend compared to last year's Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu film, which earned 399 million yen (about US$3.6 million) in its opening weekend.
The live-action film of Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi - False Love manga opened in 295 theaters at #9.
The Mobile Suit Gundam NT anime fell from #9 off the top 10 in its fourth weekend. It earned 28,405,700 yen (about US$257,000) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 513,373,000 yen (about US$4.65 million). As of Monday, it has sold 367,000 tickets for 522 million yen (about US$4.73 million).
The live-action film of Anashin's Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga dropped from #7 off the chart in its second weekend. It earned 26,962,400 yen (about US$244,000) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 513,373,000 yen (about US$1.31 million).
The American CG film Ralph Breaks the Internet opened as the new #1 film. It opened on Friday in 374 theaters and sold 350,373 tickets for 453,635,600 yen (about US$4.11 million) from Saturday to Sunday — 133.5% of Wreck-It Ralph's opening box office in March 2013, and 101% of Zootopia's opening box office in 2016. Ralph Breaks the Internet sold 625,698 tickets for 796,135,400 yen (US$7.21 million) over the extended four-day holiday weekend, primarily to families and both male and female filmgoers in their teens and 20s. The Eiga.com website reports that this year's film is expected to earn over 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.6 million).
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