Shin-chan Debuts at #1, The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese Debuts at #5
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The Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Gekitotsu! Rakuga Kingdom to Hobo Yonin no Yūsha (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Roughly Four Heroes) film opened at #1. The film sold 212,000 tickets and earned 262 million yen (about US$2.47 million) in its opening weekend.
Participating theaters resumed selling advance ticket passes on August 7, after putting them on hold due to the film's delay. However, the accompanying "Kimi mo Yūsha Da zo! Hobo Yonin no Yūsha to Issho ni Dai-Bōken! Campaign" (You're a Hero, Too! The Great Adventure With the Roughly Four Heroes! Campaign) at the theaters for fans was canceled.
The film's story features a "magical crayon," and centers around a floating kingdom called Rakuga Kingdom (the name is a pun on the word "rakugaki" meaning "scribbling"). The kingdom gets its energy from scribbles, but lately the scribbles are decreasing and the kingdom is in danger of collapsing. To save the country, the military start forcing humans to scribble.
Television talent Ringo-chanl voiced three characters named Ringo, Ichigo, and Melon, who together implement the Rakuga Kingdom's plan to force humans to scribble. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu voiced the princess of Rakuga Kingdom.
Takahiko Kyōgoku (Land of the Lustrous, Love Live! School idol project, GATE) is directing the film, and Ryō Takada (Meow Meow Japanese History) is writing the script. Shin-Ei Animation, TV Asahi, ADK, and Futabasha are credited for production. musician Takafumi Ikeda's "solo unit" Rekishi performed the film's theme song "Giga Aishiteru."
The Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur) anime film dropped to #3 in its sixth weekend. The film earned 113,783,750 yen (about US$1.07 million) from Friday to Sunday. It has sold a total of 2.36 million tickets and earned a cumulative total of 2,844,505,250 yen (about US$26.81 million).
The film opened at #1 in 377 theaters in its first weekend. The film sold 630,000 tickets for 761 million yen (about US$7.13 million) from August 7-9. The film sold 334,000 tickets for 413 million yen (about US$3.86 million) on Saturday and Sunday. The film opened in Japan on August 7, after being postponed from its original March 6 opening in order to curb the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The film's story begins with Nobita meeting two twin dinosaurs named Kyu and Myu. Despite the film's similarity in title to Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Dinosaur, the first film in the franchise, the story is completely different. The new film is the franchise's 40th, and it marks the 50th anniversary of the original manga.
Kazuaki Imai, an episode director on the Doraemon television anime, and the director of 2018's Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island film, directed the 40th film. Genki Kawamura also returned from the 2018 film to pen the new film's script. Mr. Children performed the theme songs "Birthday" and "Kimi to Kasaneta Monologue" for the film. The film is the franchise's first to feature two theme songs, and it is also the first work for which Mr. Children have written two songs.
The live-action film of Setona Mizushiro's The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese (Kyūso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru) and The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice (Sōjo no Koi wa Nido Haneru) manga opened at #5.
The film adapts both the The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese (Kyūso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru) manga and The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice (Sōjo no Koi wa Nido Haneru) sequel manga. Isao Yukisada is directing the film, with a script by Anne Horiizumi.
Shogakukan published the first single-volume manga in 2006 under its Judy Comics imprint. (Shogakukan's Judy magazine for adult women serialized from 1983 to 2008.) The manga already spawned a drama CD starring Yūichi Nakamura and Koji Yusa. The sequel manga shipped in 2009. Seven Seas Entertainment released The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese last November.
The live-action film of Hiroyuki Nishimori's gag comedy manga Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! dropped to #8 in number of tickets sold in its ninth weekend. The film earned 64,752,850 yen (about US$612,600) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 5,081,545,200 yen (about US$48.07 million).
The film opened in Japan on July 17. The film sold 605,000 tickets and earned 787,588,600 yen (about US$7.34 million) to rank at #1 in its opening weekend. Audiences for the film were about 40% men and 60% women, with ages ranging from teenagers to senior citizens. The Eiga.com website projects that the film will earn about 5 billion yen (about US$46.64 million).
The film's cast members reprised their roles from the live-action series. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama, HK/Hentai Kamen, Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai) returned from the series to direct the film. The film also inspired a television special that premiered on the same day the film opened.
Fukuda directed the 10-episode live action series, which premiered on NTV's Nichiyō Drama time slot in October 2018. The new series marked the first live-action adaptation for the manga in about 21 years.
The third film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film trilogy Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song dropped to #9 in number of tickets sold in its fifth weekend. The film earned 70,232,800 yen (about US$664,400) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,570,029,700 yen (about US$14.85 million).
The film opened at #1 and sold 270,000 tickets for 474,890,600 yen (about US$4.48 million) in its opening weekend. The film opened in Japan on August 15, after being postponed from its original March 28 opening in order to curb the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The first Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, opened at #1 at the Japanese box office by both attendance and box office earnings in October 2017. The film sold a total of 980,000 tickets to earn 1.5 billion yen (about US$13.5 million).
The first film screened in the United States in November-December 2017. The film then screened in Canada in January 2018. The English dub of the first film debuted in theaters in the United States in June 2018. Aniplex of America released the film on Blu-ray Disc in November 2018.
Fathom Events had planned to screen the first two films as a double feature on April 23 in North America, and had planned to screen the third film on May 7. However, the company announced in March it was postponing the screenings. Aniplex of America also announced that it is canceling the North American premiere of the third film, which was scheduled to be held at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
The Bokutachi no Uso to Shinjitsu Documentary of Keyakizaka46 film opened at #6.
The live-action film of Io Sakisaka's Love Me, Love Me Not (Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare) manga is no longer in the top 10, but still earned 24,020,750 yen (about US$227,200) from Friday to Sunday in its fifth weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 732,153,550 yen (about US$6.92 million).
The anime film of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga dropped off the top 10 in its second weekend, but has stayed at #1 in the mini-theater rankings in its fourth week. It has sold 100,000 tickets as of Monday, and will expand to 54 more theaters with a new special "Fuyu no Hanashi" (Winter Story) video this week.
Fuji TV's new Blue Lynx boys-love anime label produced the Given film. The television anime focuses on high school students Ritsuka and Mafuyu, but the film focuses on the adults Haruki, Akihiko, and Ugetsu.
The television anime's cast members reprised their roles for the film. Hikaru Yamaguchi (director for Escha Chron, episode director for Mr. Osomatsu, Battle Spirits Double Drive) returned to direct the film at Lerche. Yuniko Ayana (Bang Dream! both seasons, Girls Beyond the Wasteland) returned to write the script, and Mina Ōsawa returned to design the characters. Hiromi Kikuta and Michiru returned to handle sound direction and music composition, respectively. The artist centimillimental returned to perform the film's theme song.
The manga runs in Shinshokan's Cheri+ magazine. Viz Media's SuBLime imprint for boys-love manga has licensed the series.