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Hello World Anime Film Opens at #6, Weathering With You Down to #4

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Live-action Kaguya-sama stays at #2, Violet Evergarden Gaiden, One Piece Stampede drop off top 10

The live-action film of Aka Akasaka's Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga stayed at #2 and sold 143,000 tickets in its second weekend. The film earned 174,730,000 yen (about US$1.62 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 1.24 million tickets and earned a cumulative total of 1,410,203,800 yen (about US$13.14 million).

The film 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 on September 6 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 #3 to #4 in its 10th weekend. The film sold 112,000 tickets and earned 149,914,300 yen (about US$1.39 million) over the weekend. The film has so far sold 9.82 million tickets for 12,982,732,500 yen (about US$121 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.

Hello World, the original anime film by director Tomohiko Ito and Graphinica, opened on 255 screens in Japan on Friday, September 20, and sold 156,000 tickets and earned 212 million yen (about US$1.97 million) over four days (Monday was a holiday in Japan) to rank #6 in its opening weekend.

The "sci-fi love story" film is set in Kyoto in the year 2027, and will feature famous landmarks such as Fushimi Inari Taisha and Kamo Shrine. The film centers on Naomi Katagaki, a male high school student. One day, a person who calls himself Naomi 10 years from now appears in front of the young Naomi. Together, they must change the future and save a classmate, Ruri, whom the younger Naomi starts to date in three months.

Ito (Sword Art Online franchise, ERASED) directed the film at Graphinica (Expelled from Paradise). Mado Nozaki (Bablyon novel series, KADO - The Right Answer) wrote the screenplay, and Yukiko Horiguchi (K-ON!, Lucky Star, Tamako Love Story) designed the characters.

Haruka Fujita and Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō) anime dropped off the top 10 in its third weekend but still earned 55,669,700 yen (about US$519,000) from Friday to Sunday. The film has earned a cumulative total of 641,980,500 yen (about US$5.98 million).

One Piece Stampede also dropped off the top 10 in its seventh weekend, but still earned 47,712,700 yen (about US$459,200). The film has earned a cumulative total of 5,377,145,700 (about US$50.12 million).

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

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