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Live-Action Don’t Call It Mystery Film Stays at #1 for 2nd Straight Weekend


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The live-action film of Yumi Tamura‘s ( or ) manga stayed at #1 in its second week. The film sold 372,000 tickets and earned 521,053,770 yen (about US$3.49 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has sold a total of 1.49 million tickets to earn a cumulative total of 2,042,091,740 yen (about US$13.71 million).

The film centers on the manga’s “Hiroshima Arc,” which appears in the manga’s second to fourth volumes. The “Hiroshima Arc” begins when Kunō travels to Hiroshima, and gets involved in a fight for the Kariatsumari family’s inheritance.

The film opened on September 15, and sold 609,600 tickets to earn 850,483,760 yen (about US$5.71 million) in its first three days. Masaki Suda reprised his role as protagonist Totonō Kunō from the manga’s live-action series.

Hiroaki Matsuyama, Tomoko Aizawa, and Ken Arai all return from the series as director, scriptwriter, and music composer, respectively.

The manga follows mystery-solving college student Totonō Kunō. At the beginning of the story, the police bring him in for questioning on suspicion of the murder of his classmate.

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, the 20th anniversary film in the All Stars crossover anime film series, dropped from #2 to #3 in its second week. The film sold 159,000 tickets and earned 198,720,170 yen (about US$1.33 million) from Friday to Sunday, The film has sold a total of 693,000 tickets to earn a cumulative total of 846,807,950 yen (about US$5.68 million).

opened on September 15, and features all 77 Precure magical girls, from the franchise‘s first installment in , to the latest ongoing installment Soaring Sky! ().

The film sold about 357,000 tickets to earn 437,456,060 yen (about US$2.93 million) at the Japanese box office in its opening three-day weekend. This is the highest opening weekend box office for the franchise.

Maaya Sakamoto and Atsumi Tanezaki play characters that were newly created for the film. Sakamoto plays Cure Supreme/Prim, while Tanezaki plays Pūka.

The last time that the film series gathered characters from the entire franchise‘s history was 2018’s .

A new film will open in 2024.

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Gekijо̄ban LIVE 4bit BEYOND THE PERiOD, the theatrical anime concert for the multimedia franchise, jumped back onto #5 in its 19th weekend. The film earned 104,618,490 yen (about US$702,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 2,726,622,131 yen (about US$18.31 million).

The concert opened in Japan on May 20 and earned 220 million yen (about US$1.58 million) in its opening weekend. The 16 cast members of the IDOLiSH7, TRIGGER, Re: vale, and ŹOOĻ units reprised their roles from the anime series and games.

Hiroshi Nishikiori () and Kensuke Yamamoto ( VFX art director) directed the anime at Orange. creator Bunta Tsushimi wrote the screenplay. Arina Tanemura (, ) is credited for the original character design. Hitomi Miyazaki designed the characters. Eiji Inomoto () was the CG chief director.

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The live-action Gran Turismo film, adapted from the PlayStation video game series, dropped from #4 to $6 in its second weekend. The film earned 95,308,180 yen (about US$640,000) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 405,202,800 yen (about US$2.72 million). The film earned 174,899,710 yen (about US$1.17 million) in its first three days in Japan.

Columbia Pictures developed the film. Jason Hall (American Sniper) penned the script. Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan from PlayStation Productions are producers alongside Doug Belgrad and Dana Brunetti. The film stars David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe, Darren Barnet, Geri Halliwell Horner, and Djimon Hounsou.

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The franchise‘s new anime film (Gekijо̄ban : Tenshi no Namida) dropped from #5 to #7 in its third weekend. The film earned 77,505,170 yen (about US$520,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 790,952,656 yen (about US$5.31 million).

The film ranked at #1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 210,000 tickets for 324,949,388 yen (about US$2.21 million) in its first three days. The film open in Japan on September 8.

Returning voice actors include Akira Kamiya as Ryo Saeba, Kazue Ikura as Kaori Makimura, Harumi Ichiryūsai as Saeko Nogami, Tesshō Genda as Umibōzu, and Mami Koyama as Miki. Also returning in the film are the three Kisugi thief sisters from the anime. Keiko Toda and Chika Sakamoto are returning from the original television anime as Hitomi and Ai. Rica Fukami plays Rui. (Toshiko Fujita, who played Rui in the original anime, passed away in December 2018.)

franchise director Kenji Kodama directied the new film at Sunrise and The Answer Studio Co., Ltd. Yasuyuki Mutō () wrote the screenplay. Aniplex is distributing the film.

The film revolves around the past of Ryo Saeba and the death of his old partner Hideyuki Makimura. It will also revolve around Angel Dust, which was also important in the original series.

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Hayao Miyazaki‘s latest feature film (, or literally ) stayed at #9 at the Japanese box office in 11th weekend. The film earned 57,300,300 yen (about US$384,800) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 5.53 million tickets to earn a cumulative total of 8,253,644,200 yen (about US$55.42 million).

It is now the #75 highest-grossing film in Japan, and the #20 highest-grossing anime film in Japan. It surpassed , , and the live-action film.

The film sold 1.003 million tickets and earned about US$13.2 million in its first three days in Japan. The film sold 1.353 million tickets and earned 2.149 billion yen (about US$15.53 million) in its Friday-Monday long weekend (July 17 was the Marine Day holiday in Japan).

The film opened simultaneously on IMAX with its general release in Japan on July 14. The film earned more than Miyazaki’s celebrated Academy Award-winning 2001 film in its first four days, and earned 50% more than his 2013 film . The film exceeded US$1.7 million from 44 IMAX screens, which is a new three-day opening record, according to entertainment news website Deadline.

The film is the first Studio Ghibli film to get a simultaneous IMAX release. The film is also screening in Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X.

GKIDS licensed the film, and it will release it in North American theaters later this year.

Miyazaki is credited with the original work, in addition to directing the film and writing the script. Takeshi Honda (, films) is the animation director. Joe Hisaishi (, , ) composed the music. Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki is the producer. Kenshi Yonezu (, , ) performs the theme song “Chikyūgi” (Globe).

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: Unmei no Honō (Flames of Destiny), the third live-action film based on Yasuhisa Hara‘s manga, stayed at #10 in its ninth weekend. The film earned 52,306,960 yen (about US$351,200) from Friday to Sunday. The film has earned a cumulative total of 5,379,915,980 yen (about US$36,13 million).

The film opened in Japan on July 28 and sold 703,530 tickets to earn 1,050,708,610 yen (about US$7.39 million) in its first three days. The film now has the best opening weekend among all three films, and now also has the best opening (in terms of ticket sales) among live-action films in Japan in 2023.

The film covers the manga’s Shi Ka (Zi Xia) arc and the Battle of Bayou — the first time Shin (Xin) and Ō Ki (Wang Qi) stood on the battlefield together, to fend off the invasion by the mighty Chō (Zhao) from the north. Anne (Anne Watanabe) joined the cast as the pivotal character Shi Ka (Zi Xia). Other new cast members include Kataoka Ainosuke VI as Fuu Ki (Feng Ji), Kōji Yamamoto as Chō Sō (Zhao Zhuang), Yuki Yamada as Man Goku (Wan Ji), Eri Murakawa as You Li (Yū Ri), and Hinako Sakurai as Dong Mei (Tō Bi).

Kento Yamazaki, Ryō Yoshizawa, Takao Osawa, and Kanna Hashimoto all reprised their respective characters Shin (Xin), Ei Sei (Yin Zheng), Ō Ki (Wang Qi), and Ka Ryō Ten (He Liao Diao), respectively, from the two previous films. Nana Seino, Hiroshi Tamaki, and Kōichi Satō from the second film also reprised their respective characters Kyо̄ Kai, Sho Hei Kun (Lord Changping), and Ryo Fui (Lu Buwei).

Shinsuke Satō (live-action , , Bleach) returned as director. Hara and Tsutomu Kuroiwa (, live-action , ) returned to write the script.

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Mari Okada and MAPPA‘s original anime film (Alice and Therese’s Illusory Factory) opened at #8 in the Japanese box office for the September 15-17 weekend, but dropped off the top 10 in the September 22-24 weekend.

The film premiere on September 15, and stars Junya Enoki as 14-year-old protagonist Masamune Kikuiri, Reina Ueda as Masamune’s classmate Mutsumi Sagami, and Misaki Kuno as the mysterious girl Itsumi.

The film centers on third-year middle school student Masamune, who lives in a town where time has stopped because a sudden explosion at a steelworks factory has sealed off all exits to the town. In order to hopefully one day return to normal, the residents of the town are forbidden from changing, and they live out their gloomy everyday lives. Masamune’s enigmatic classmate Mutsumi leads him one day to the fifth blast furnace of the steelworks factory, and there they meet a girl who is wild like a wolf and who cannot talk. The meeting of Masamune and these two girls upsets the balance of the world. The unstoppable “love impulse” of the boys and girls who are tired of their everyday lives begins to destroy the world.

Okada wrote and directed the film, which MAPPA originally announced in 2021. Okada is also credited with the original work. Okada also wrote a novel of the film that Kadokawa Bunko released on June 13.

Tadashi Hiramatsu served as the assistant director, and Yuriko Ishii (, ) designed the characters and served as chief animation director. Kazuki Higashiji (, , ) directed the art. All of the above animators collaborated on Okada’s film. Masaru Yokoyama (, ) composed the music. Warner Bros. is distributing the film.

Studio Trigger‘s re-screening of , the second of two compilation films of Gainax‘s anime, ranked at #1 in the mini-theater ranking in its opening weekend.

Sources: Kōgyō Tsūshin (link 2, link 3, link 4), comScore via KOFIC


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