French Live-Action City Hunter Film Nicky Larson Sells 1 Million Tickets in 2 Weeks

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Film opened in France on February 6, has earned €8.8 million

The Japanese entertainment news website reported on Saturday the Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and the Cupid's Purfume) live-action film has sold more than 1 million tickets at the French box office in its first two weeks.

The film opened in France on February 6, and earned €3,111,807 (about US$3,515,249) in its first five days to open at #3 at the French box office. As of February 24, the film has earned €8,817,024 (about US$10,031,595), and ranked at #6 in its third week. The movie has also earned about US$150,752 in Belgium.

The film is French actor, writer, and director Philippe Lacheau's (Babysitting, live-action film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga. Nicky Larson is the French title of the City Hunter franchise.

The film stars Philippe Lacheau as Nicky Larson. Tarek Boudali and Élodie Fontan also star in the film. Philippe Lacheau and Pierre Lacheau wrote the film alongside writer and actor Julien Arruti.

The manga follows Ryō Saeba, a sniper and a private eye ("sweeper") based in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward with unrivaled marksmanship and an over-the-top obsession for the opposite sex. He serves as a bodyguard and other duties for his clients.

Hojo's 1985 manga inspired four television anime series, one anime film, and several video and television specials including a 2015 original anime DVD. ADV Films released most of these anime projects in North America. Jackie Chan starred in a 1993 Hong Kong live-action film that very loosely adapts the original manga. A Korean live-action television series adaptation premiered in 2011, and Hulu streamed this version in the United States.

The manga also inspired a new anime film that opened in Japan on February 8 and ranked at #4 at the Japanese box office.

A separate Chinese live-action film adaptation has been green-lit.

Sources: Box Office Mojo, via Hachima Kikō

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