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Live-Action Touken Ranbu Film Opens at #5

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
2nd Made in Abyss compilation film opens at #1 in mini-theater rankings

Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy earned 185,804,480 yen (about US$1.69 million) from Friday to Sunday, ranking at #3 at the Japanese box office in its second week. The film has now earned a cumulative total of 946,841,221 yen (about US$8.63 million).

The film opened in 131 theaters in Japan on January 12 at the beginning of a three-day holiday weekend and ranked at #1. The film earned 602,841,741 yen (about US$5.55 million) in its opening weekend. Aniplex of America will screen the second film in theaters in the United States this year.

The first film, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, opened at #1 at the Japanese box office by both attendance and box office earnings in October 2017. The film sold a total of 980,000 tickets to earn 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.5 million).

Tomonori Sudō (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero animation director) is directing the films, and ufotable is animating the work. Yuki Kajiura (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works theme song composer, Fate/Zero music and theme song composer) is composing the music. Takahiro Miura is providing the storyboards. Aimer performed the first film's theme song.

The third film, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, will open in spring 2020.

The live-action film of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu franchise opened on Friday and ranked at #5 for the weekend.

The film's story centers on the historical Honnō-ji Incident, where infamous historical warlord Oda Nobunaga met his end after the betrayal of his general Akechi Mitsuhide. With the Touken Danshi's enemies seeking to change history by allowing Nobunaga to live, the characters must ensure that Nobunaga dies, even if there are some among them that were once swords of Nobunaga.

Saiji Yakumo (live-action Mars) is directing the film, with a script by Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Kakegurui). TOHO is distributing the film.

The Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film dropped to #6 in its sixth weekend. The film earned 69,779,800 yen (about US$636,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 3,752,223,000 yen (about US34.23 million) in Japan.

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."

The Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow film rose to #7 in its third weekend. The film earned 67,149,500 yen (about US$612,600) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 592,767,500 yen (about US$5.40 million).

The 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).

Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever, the last Kamen Rider film of the Heisei era, stayed at #10 in its fifth weekend. The film earned 36,549,000 yen (about US$333,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,448,420,300 yen (about US$13.21 million).

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 second Made in Abyss compilation film, Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (Wandering Twilight), opened at #1 in the mini-theater rankings.

The first film, Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake, opened in Japan on January 4. The film revealed a new work in the franchise, titled Gekijōban Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei (Made in Abyss the Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul). Sentai Filmworks will screen the compilation films in the United States this year.

In the story, an enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as "Cave Raiders." A little orphan girl named Rico lives in the town of Ōsu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

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

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