Violet Evergarden Film Stays in Top 10 for 10 Straight Weeks (Updated)
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden: The Movie anime has sold 1,331,085 tickets for a cumulative total of 1,912,896,400 yen (about US$18.31 million) after 10 weeks at the Japanese box office. The film ranked #8 in yen earned in its 10th weekend at the box office, and ranked #9 in the number of tickets sold. The film has consistently ranked in the Japanese box office's top 10 in all 10 weeks since its opening.
To celebrate the film's long run, theaters that have already screened the film will once more start handing out three exclusive short story booklets to filmgoers on Friday. Theaters that begin their Violet Evergarden screening run on Friday or later will instead hand out the "postcard from Ecarte Island" that were first offered on November 13.
The film opened in Japan on September 18, and it ranked at #2 in its opening weekend. The film is the first new Japanese anime film (as opposed to compilation films) to open in Dolby Cinemas, with Dolby Cinemas screenings beginning on November 13.
Kyoto Animation postponed the film's opening in Japan due to concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film was slated to open in Japan on April 24. This was the second delay for the film, as it was originally slated for a January 10, 2020 opening in Japan.
The franchise's separate side-story anime, titled Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), opened in theaters in Japan last September, and it screened for at least five weeks. The film eventually earned a cumulative total of 831 million yen (about US$7.90 million). Netflix debuted the anime on April 2.
Update: Violet Evergarden has now overtaken the last reported box office total for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song, which earned 1,879,521,300 yen (about US$17.79 million) as of October 4 (the weekend it dropped off the top 10). It has similarly surpassed the last reported box office total for K-ON, which earned 1.9 billion yen as of May 2012. However, both films continued to play in theaters after these last reported box office numbers. [Via Yaraon!]
Update 2: The official Twitter account for Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song reported on October 15 that the film has surpassed 1.9 billion yen. Thanks, dcresistance
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