Fate/stay night, Touken Ranbu, Love Live! Sunshine!! Films Stay in Top 10
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The live-action film of Tow Ubukata's Jūni-nin no Shinitai Kodomo-tachi (Twelve Children Who Want to Die) novel dropped from #2 to #4 in its second week. It sold 144,000 tickets for 185 million yen (about US$1.68 million) during the weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 776,088,800 yen (about US$7.05 million).
The film opened in Japan on January 25, and earned 339,218,900 yen (about US$3.08 million) to rank #2 in its opening weekend.
The story is a locked-room mystery where 12 kids go into an abandoned hospital to give up on life. In the room where they meet, a boy is already lying dead, and no one knows who he is. The novel was nominated for the Naoki Prize for 2016.
Yukihiko Tsutsumi (live-action 20th Century Boys, Beck, Ikebukuro West Gate Park) directed the film, and Yutaka Kuramochi wrote the script. Filming took place from late July to late August. Utena Kobayashi composed the music. The Royal Concept performed the film's theme song "On Our Way."
Bungeishunju published the original novel in October 2016. Takatoshi Kumakura launched a manga adaptation of the novel in Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine in June 2017 and ended it on November 7. Kodansha released the second compiled book volume in May.
Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy, dropped from #4 to #7 in its fourth weekend. The film earned 83,218,400 yen (about US$756,600) from Friday to Sunday, and it has now earned a cumulative total of 1,320,295,396 yen (about US$12 million).
The film opened in 131 theaters in Japan on January 12 at the beginning of a three-day holiday weekend and ranked #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 throughout the United States on March 14, after a February 23 premiere in Los Angeles.
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 live-action film of Nitroplus and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu franchise dropped from #6 to #8 in its third weekend. The film earned 66,739,000 yen (about US$606,700) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 534,624,000 yen (about US$4.86 million).
The film opened in Japan on January 18, and ranked #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.
The Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow film dropped from #8 to #10 in its fifth weekend. The film earned 50,302,200 yen (about US$457,300) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 819,081,200 yen (about US$7.44 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).
Both Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu and Dragon Ball Super: Broly dropped off the top 10 this weekend. Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare (Wandering Twilight) also dropped off the top 5 mini-theater rankings this weekend.