French Live-Action City Hunter Film Nicky Larson Sells 1 Million Tickets in 2 Weeks
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The Japanese entertainment news website Eiga.com 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, Alibi.com) live-action film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga. Nicky Larson is the French title of the City Hunter franchise.
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.
A separate Chinese live-action film adaptation has been green-lit.