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Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow Film Earns Nearly 100 Million Yen in 1st 3 Days

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Dragon Ball Super: Broly film's cumulative earnings reach 3.34 billion yen

The Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow film earned 98,963,900 yen (about US$911,690) in its first three days at the box office. The film ranked at #7 for earnings from January 4-6, but ranked at #8 in terms of tickets sold during the January 5-6 weekend.

The television anime's cast and staff returned for the film. [Warning: The story summary below contain a spoiler for the television anime. Highlight text to read the spoiler.]
[In the film's story, Uranohoshi Girls' High School's idol group Aquors has won the final Love Live! contest.] While preparing to enroll at a new school, the first- and second-year students encounter unexpected trouble. Also, after heading for a graduation trip, the third-year students go missing. As they are separated, the Aquors members appreciate the weight of their togetherness for the first time. In order to move forward, they must decide how to react to their new situations.

The first Love Live! franchise film, Love Live! The School Idol Movie, ranked at #1 in terms of tickets sold and in earnings in June 2015. The film sold 251,811 tickets in its first two days, earning 400,235,800 yen (about US$3,240,900 at the time). The film opened in Japan on a Saturday instead of a Friday. The film eventually earned 2.84 billion yen (about US$26,163,074 by today's conversion).

The Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film stayed at #3 in its fourth weekend. The film earned 167,138,500 yen (about US$1,539,738) from January 4-6, and has earned a cumulative amount of 3,354,780,500 yen (about US$30,905,412). The film has also sold a total of 2.6 million tickets. In comparison, the 2015 film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' earned a total of 3.74 billion yen.

The film opened in Japan on December 14, and it 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 in Japan, topping the box office in its first weekend. Toei stated it anticipates the film will earn more than 5 billion yen (about US$44 million).

Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama wrote the script and designed the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) directed the film, Naohiro Shintani served as animation director, and Kazuo Ogura served as art director. Norihito Sumitomo composed the music, and Daichi Miura performed the film's theme song "Blizzard."

Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever, the last Kamen Rider film of the Heisei era, fell from #5 to #6 in its third weekend. The film earned 100,074,700 yen (about US$921,923) from January 4-6, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,228,700,100 yen (about US$11,319,215). The film has sold a total of 1.01 million tickets.

The film opened on 332 screens on December 22. The film sold 313,000 tickets for 389 million yen (about US$3.5 million) over its opening 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 fell from #6 to #9 in its fourth weekend. The film earned 72,812,200 yen (about US$670,771) from January 4-6, and has earned a total of 1,043,725,500 yen (about US$9,615,164). The film has sold a total of 930,000 tickets.

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.

Akihiro Hino, President and CEO of Level 5, is credited as executive producer and screenwriter, and was also in charge of the original concept.

The first Made in Abyss compilation film, Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake (Journey's Dawn), debuted at #1 on the mini theater rankings during the January 5-6 weekend. The film opened in Japan on January 4. The second film, Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (Wandering Twilight), will open on January 18.

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

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