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Weathering With You Film Stays at #1, Konosuba Film Opens at #8

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
One Piece Stampede stays at #4, Ni no Kuni drops to #10

Makoto Shinkai's new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) stayed #1 in its seventh weekend. The film sold 347,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 416,579,300 yen (about US$3.91 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has so far sold 8.75 million tickets for 11,657,382,300 yen (about US$109 million) since opening. The film is now the #8 highest-earning film of all time in Japan.

The film sold 1,159,020 tickets for 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) in its first three days in 358 theaters. The film ranked #1 in its opening weekend.

The film earned 28.6% more in its first three days compared to Shinkai's previous your name. film, which earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million at the time) in its first three days.

The film opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan on July 19.The last Japanese film to earn over 10 billion yen was Shinkai's previous film your name. three years ago. Weathering With You is also now the highest-grossing Japanese film so far this year.

The One Piece Stampede anime film stayed at #4 in its fourth weekend. The film sold 200,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 251,524,000 yen (about US$2.36 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has so far sold 3.58 million tickets and earned a cumulative total of 4,738,088,500 yen (about US$44.5 million).

It is the fastest Toei-distributed film to reach the three-billion-yen milestone since 2000.

The new One Piece film sold 1,254,372 tickets for 1,646,321,500 yen (about US$15.64 million) in its first four days in Japan. (That Monday was a holiday in Japan.) The film earned 8.4% more and sold 15.3% more tickets over its first four days than One Piece Film Gold, the previous franchise film. It sold 356,052 tickets on 429 screens in 352 theaters just on its opening day, the largest first-day attendance record at the Japanese box office so far in 2019. It sold 598,000 tickets for 806 million yen (about US$7.59 million) from Saturday to Sunday, or 69.7% of the total of One Piece Film Gold's first (non-holiday) weekend.

One Piece Stampede marks the anime's 20th anniversary. Fuji TV describes the film's story:

The world's greatest exposition of the pirates, by the pirates, for the pirates - the Pirates Festival. Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Crew receive an invitation from its host Buena Festa who is known as the Master of Festivities. They arrive to find a venue packed with glamorous pavilions and many pirates including the ones from the Worst Generation. The place is electric.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kurenai Densetsu (KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! Crimson Legend), the anime film based on Natsume Akatsuki's Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! light novel series, ranked at #8 in its opening weekend. The film opened on last Friday in 100 screens in Japan.

Crunchyoll stated in July that it will "bring over" the film. The company did not state if it will stream the film on its website or release the film in theaters, but stated it will reveal more details in the future.

The original light novels inspired two television anime seasons. The first season premiered in January 2016, and the second season premiered in January 2017. Crunchyroll streamed both seasons as they aired in Japan, and debuted an English dub for the first season on January 15.

Warner Bros. Japan and Level 5's Ni no Kuni anime film dropped from #7 to #10 in its second weekend. The film earned 61,191,300 yen (about US$575,900) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 303,838,200 yen (about US$2.85 million).

The film opened on August 23 in 320 screens.

The film is based on Level 5's fantasy role-playing game series, but features an original story in which through a certain incident, the three friends Yū, Haru, and Kotona are able to travel back and forth between reality and "another world" Ni no Kuni. When the life of the Kotona in both worlds is simultaneously put in danger, the three friends must make "the ultimate choice."

Yoshiyuki Momose (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes character designer, Only Yesterday and Pom Poko storyboarder) returned from the game series to direct the film, and Hayao Miyazaki's longtime collaborator Joe Hisaishi (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) returned to compose the music. Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino oversaw the film and wrote the script, and he is also credited with the original work.

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (Mewtwo no Gyakushū Evolution), the 22nd film in the Pokémon franchise, dropped off the top 10 in its eighth weekend, but still earned 36,401,400 (about US$342,600) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 2,832,806,700 yen (about US$26.6 million).

Sources: Eiga.com, Kōgyō Tsūshin (link 2), comScore via KOFIC

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