Detective Pikachu Tops Endgame, Detective Conan in 2nd Weekend
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu film jumped from #3 to #1 in the Japanese box office rankings in its second weekend, ranking above Disney's Avengers: Endgame film. The film sold 209,000 tickets and earned 312,119,700 yen (about US$2.85 million) over the weekend, and has cumulatively sold 1.03 million tickets for 1,465,395,700 yen (about US$13 million).
The film debuted in the United States on May 10.
Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, dropped from #1 to #3 in its fifth weekend. The film sold 186,000 tickets and earned 316 million yen (about US$2.89 million) over the weekend. It has cumulatively sold 6.23 million tickets for 7,951,036,700 yen (about US$72.26 million).
The film sold 1,458,263 tickets to earn 1,886,292,700 yen (about US$16.85 million) in its first three days. The opening weekend earnings surpassed last year's film, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer. That earlier film sold 1,289,000 tickets in its first three days in April 2018 to earn 1.67 billion yen (about US$15.6 million). The 2018 movie is the highest-earning film in the franchise. In Japan, the film has earned 9.18 billion yen (about US$82 million), and is the eighth highest-grossing anime film in Japan of all time, and the 46th highest-grossing film in Japan in general. As of November 16, the film had earned 11 billion yen worldwide.
The live-action film of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga stayed at #4 in its fourth weekend. The film earned 253,811,400 yen (about US$2.32 million) from last Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 4,031,500,900 yen (about US$36.86 million).
The film 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 in its first Saturday-Sunday weekend. TOHO is aiming for the film to earn 4 billion yen (about US$35.7 million).
Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryokō Hurricane ~Ushinawareta Hiroshi~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Honeymoon Hurricane, Lost Hiroshi), the series' 27th film, stayed at #5 in its fourth weekend. The film earned 90,632,800 yen (about US$828,900) from Friday to Sunday, and has now earned a cumulative total of 1,757,580,700 yen (about US$16.07 million).
The film sold 242,000 tickets and earned 289 million yen (about US$2.58 million) to rank at #3 in its opening weekend. The film earned 78.7% of the opening weekend earnings of the previous year's franchise film. The film opened in Japan on April 19.
The live-action film adaptation of Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura's Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler manga earned 37,908,900 yen (about US$346,600) from Friday to Sunday to stay at #6 in its second weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 234,997,500 yen (about US$2.14 million).
The film opened in Japan on May 3, and ranked at #6 in its opening weekend.
Original creator Kawamoto collaborated on the film's original story. A separate live-action television series premiered on March 31.
The film stars Ryūsei Yokohama as Haruki Bandō and Masaki Nakao as Kazuma Hashimoto. 27-year-old director Hiroki Kazama (After the Rain and Teiichi no Kuni spinoff mini-series) directed the film. Mao Abe performed the film's theme song "Kimi no Uta" (Your Song).
Kenichi Kondō launched a manga adaptation in April 2016, an anime adaptation premiered in July 2016, and a stage play premiered in December 2016. Funimation streamed the anime with English subtitles as it aired in Japan, and later released the series on home video.
The Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri: Unato Kessen) sequel anime film ranked at #10 in the Japanese box office, and also ranked at #1 in the mini-theater ranking in its opening weekend.
The original Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress television anime aired from April-July 2016. The series streamed on Amazon Prime Video with English subtitles as it aired in Japan. The series has also received two compilation films that premiered in December 2016 and January 2017 in Japan. The two films covered the anime's first season with some new and enhanced scenes. Crunchyroll screened the films in North American theaters in April 2017.
Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium The Movie ~Our Promise: A Brand New Day~ (Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale) anime film is out of the top 10, but still earned 16,794,400 yen (about US$153,500) from Friday to Sunday in its fourth weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 297,666,200 yen (about US$2.72 million).
The live-action film adaptation of Mineo Maya's Tonde Saitama (Fly Me to Saitama) manga dropped off the top 10 in its 12th weekend. The film earned 14,829,000 yen (about US$135.500), and has cumulatively earned 3,689,237,300 yen (about US$33.71 million).