2nd Live-Action The Fable Film Stays at #1, Rurouni Kenshin The Beginning at #2
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Fable: Korosanai Koroshiya, the second live-action film adaptation of Katsuhisa Minami's The Fable manga, stayed at #1 in its second weekend. The film earned 183,091,330 yen (about US$1.65 million) from Friday to Sunday, and sold 129,000 tickets over the weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 699,341,570 yen (about US$6.33 million).
The film ranked at #1 in its opening weekend.
Kan Eguchi returned to direct the new film, with Junichi Okada once again starring.
The first film ranked #2 in its opening weekend in June 2019.
In the manga, a fabled genius at killing resides somewhere hidden in Osaka. Taught since childhood to obey the orders of his boss, he is ordered to live in Osaka as a normal person for one year in order for the boss to lay low.
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning, the second of two "final chapter" films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga, stayed at #2 in its fourth weekend. The film earned 143,889,320 yen (about US$1.30 million) from Friday to Sunday, and sold 97,000 tickets over the weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1,784,947,160 yen (about US$16.15 million), and has sold a total of 1.25 million tickets.
The film topped the Japanese box office in its opening weekend. The film sold 350,000 tickets for over 508 million yen (about US$4.7 million) in its opening weekend. The film opened on June 4.
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, the first of the two films, dropped from #7 to #8 in its 10th weekend. It earned 78,370,100 yen (about US$709,300) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 3,991,593,490 yen (about US$36.12 million). It has sold a total of 2.83 million tickets. It ranked at #2 and earned 745 million yen (about US$6.9 million) in its opening weekend.
The films were originally slated to open on July 3 and August 7 last year, but were delayed to this year due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final has an original story that differs from the story in the manga. The film centers on the story from the manga's "Jinchū" arc, which features Kenshin's conflict with the mysterious weapons dealer Enishi. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning tells the story of how Kenshin got his cross-shaped scar. Kasumi Arimura plays the character Tomoe Yukishiro in the films. Tomoe was Kenshin's wife during his days as the assassin Battōsai, and her story ties into Kenshin's iconic X-shaped scar. Kenshin and Tomoe's relationship was previously portrayed in the Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal original video anime (OVA) project.
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the "final" Evangelion film, rose from #5 to #4 in its 16th weekend. The film earned 140,852,160 yen (about US$1.27 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 9,569,292,080 yen (about US$86.60 million). The film has sold over 6.26 million tickets.
The film's new Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 version began playing on June 12 for the film's "last run." The new version contains "minor revisions" to some animation sequences, but does not change the film's story.
The film opened in Japan on March 8, and ranked #1 in its opening weekend.
In its third week, the film surpassed the domestic earnings of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, which earned a total of 5.3 billion yen. The new film is now the highest-earning film in the series domestically and internationally.
The staff had delayed the film from January 23 to March 8, after careful consideration due to the state of emergency declared in four prefectures in Japan on January 8, and then extended to a total of 11 prefectures. The film had an earlier delay due to concerns over COVID-19 and its spread inside and outside of Japan. The film was originally scheduled to open in Japan on June 27, 2020.
The Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway) anime film dropped from #4 to #5 in its third weekend. The film earned 161,625,300 yen (about US$1.46 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,351,153,400 yen (about US$12.22 million)
The film sold 259,074 tickets and earned 523,943,800 yen (about US$4.77 million) in its first three days at the box office. It ranked at #3 (in terms of tickets sold) in its opening weekend.
The film opened in Japan on June 11 after previously being delayed three times. The movie was originally slated to open in Japan in July 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19. The film was delayed in April from May 7 to May 21, and was then delayed again last month due to the extended state of emergency declared in Japan.
The film opened on 215 screens, a franchise-record high. Some theaters are screening the film in 4D and Dolby Cinema. Dolby Cinemas are also screening the first 15 minutes and 53 seconds of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack before the film. The film's limited edition Blu-ray Disc went on sale on June 11.
Eiga Soreike! Anpanman Fuwafuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni (Soreike! Anpanman the Movie: Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country), the newest Anpanman anime film, ranked at #7 in its opening weekend.
The film was originally slated to open in Japan on June 26 last year, but was indefinitely delayed for the safety of theatergoers during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The film was later rescheduled to open on June 25.
In the film's story, Anpanman, his friends, and the cloud child Fuwari strive to save Cloud Country. In order for flowers and plants to be healthy, Cloud Country travels to distribute clouds that can make rain and rainbows to various towns and stars. A cloud baby born in Cloud Country runs across Baikinman and his friends. After meeting them, the baby gets the name "Fuwari" and quickly grows while developing a bond with Dokin-chan.
Around that time, Cloud Country becomes unable to fly due to mysterious dirtiness. The cloud elders and children call on Anpanman and his friends for help. Baikinman runs amok after inventing the black cloud Baigumora in an attempt to become king of Cloud Country. While Cloud Country is covered in black clouds and Anpanman's world loses the light of the sun, the friendship between Fuwari and Dokin-chan develops. Anpanman and his friends have to join forces to save Cloud Country.
The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan) film dropped from #8 to #9 in its 11th weekend. It earned 67,067,550 yen (about US$606,900) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 7,175,004,530 yen (about US$64.93 million).
The film sold 1,533,054 tickets and earned 2,218,130,800 yen (about US$20.5 million) in its first three days to rank #1 in the Japanese box office in its opening weekend.
Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet is the 24th film in the franchise. The film was slated to open on April 17 last year, but was delayed from its original date due to concerns about COVID-19. The film opened in Japan on April 16. The film also had a simultaneous release in 22 countries and territories outside of Japan: Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and France.
Tomoka Nagaoka (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire) directed the film, and Takeharu Sakurai (Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer) wrote the script. Katsuo Ono returned to compose the music. Rock band Tokyo Jihen performed the theme song "Eien no Fuzaishōmei" (The Eternal Alibi).