23rd Detective Conan Film Earns 9.18 Billion Yen to Set New Franchise Record
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd Detective Conan anime film, sold 7,164,729 tickets to earn a total of 9,182,702,500 yen (about US$86.6 million) as of Sunday. The film is the seventh consecutive Detective Conan film to become the highest-grossing film in the franchise.
The film opened in Japan on April 12, and sold 1,458,263 tickets to earn 1,886,292,700 yen (about US$16.85 million) in its first three days. The film had sold 6.51 million tickets and earned a total of 8.3 billion yen (about US$75.35 million) as of May 19.
The film's 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). As of November 16, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer had earned 11 billion yen worldwide.
Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire is set in Singapore, and is the first Detective Conan film set outside of Japan. Singapore's famous Marina Bay Sands is the site of a murder case in the film. The plot involves a large gem known as the "Blue Sapphire," which sank to the bottom of the ocean at the end of the 19th century. The film centers on Kaitō Kid, Makoto Kyōgoku, and Conan Edogawa. Makoto, an undefeated karate master with 400 wins, confronts Kid as Kid tries to steal the Blue Sapphire. Meanwhile, Kaitō Kid brings Conan to Singapore against his will.
Tomoka Nagaoka (assistant director on Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter) directed the film. Takahiro Ōkura (Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter) penned the script. Katsuo Ono returned to compose the music. Hiroomi Tosaka, the vocalist for Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe, performed the film's theme song "Blue Sapphire."
A 24th film in the franchise has been confirmed for 2020.
Source: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web