Live-Action Kingdom Film Earns 690 Million Yen in Opening Weekend
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The live-action film of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga sold 506,861 tickets to earn 690,219,500 yen (about US$6.17 million) in its first three days from Friday through Sunday. The film ranked at #2 for the Saturday-Sunday weekend. Toho is aiming for the film to earn 4 billion yen (about US$35.7 million).
Shinsuke Satō (live-action Gantz, Death Note Light up the NEW world, Bleach) directed the film. Sony Pictures Japan produced the film. ONE OK ROCK performed the theme song "Wasted Nights" for the film.
Kento Yamazaki reprised his role as protagonist Shin (Xin) from the manga's earlier live-action short.
Hara's historical manga centers around the slave boy Xin and his dream of becoming a great general for the state of Qin. Xin helps Ying Zheng, the young Qin king who shares his desire to unify China, rise to power within the state. Xin does all he can to become a superior commander of an army capable of defeating the Seven Warring States.
Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, retained its #1 spot at the Japanese box office for Saturday and Sunday. Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryokō Hurricane ~Ushinawareta Hiroshi~ opened at #3, Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale opened at #5, Eiga Doraemon no Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon the Movie: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration) ranked at #6, and Tonde Saitama (Fly Me to Saitama) ranked at #7.