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Kaguya-sama Film Tops Weekend Box Office, Violet Evergarden Gaiden Opens at #6

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

The live-action film of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga sold 255,000 tickets for 315 million yen (about US$2.93 million) to rank #1 in its opening weekend, and sold 360,000 tickets for 460 million yen (about US$4.28 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film opened in Japan last Friday on 291 screens. Eiga.com projects that the film can eventually surpass 2 billion yen (about US$18 million).

The film stars King & Prince idol group member Shō Hirano as Miyuki Shirogane and Kanna Hashimoto as Kaguya Shinomiya. It earned 85.3% more in its opening weekend than last year's live-action film of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga, which also starred Hirano. Hayato Kawai (live-action My Love Story!!, Nisekoi) directed the Kaguya-sama film. Yūichi Tokunaga (live-action Tonde Saitama, Princess Jellyfish series) penned the script.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation that premiered on January 12 and aired for 12 episodes. Aniplex of America streamed the series on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English.

Makoto Shinkai's new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) dropped from #1 to #2 in its eighth weekend. The film sold 190,000 tickets and earned 253 million yen (about US$2.35 million) over the weekend. The film has so far sold 9.13 million tickets for 12.17 billion yen (about US$113 million) since opening. The film is now the #7 highest-earning domestic film of all time in Japan and the highest-grossing film in Japan this year.

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 dropped from #4 to #5 in its fifth weekend. The film has so far sold 3.7 million tickets and earned a cumulative total of over 5 billion yen (about US$46.7 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.

Haruka Fujita and Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), a side story to the Violet Evergarden anime, ranked at #6 in its opening weekend. The film opened last Friday on 86 screens.

While the anime was originally slated to screen for two weeks only, now it will screen for three weeks, from September 6 through September 26.

The anime held its world premiere as planned at the ANImagic convention in Mannheim, Germany, which ran on August 3 and 4. The ANImagic organizers said that they continued the screening "at the express request of the studio."

Fujita (series director for the television series) returned to direct the anime. Kyoto Animation is also working on a film project for Violet Evergarden that was previously announced with a January 10, 2020 opening in Japan, but was recently delayed.

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, dropped from #8 to #9 in its second weekend.

The film ranked at #8 in its opening weekend. The film opened on August 30 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 off the top 10 in its third weekend.

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

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