Japan Box Office: “Fullmetal Alchemist” Leads The Weekend, but Falls Short of Expectations

The highly anticipated live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s Hagane no Renkinjutsushi/Fullmetal Alchemist manga finally released in 341 theaters across Japan on December 1. Thanks to the absence of strong wide-release competitors, it was able to rank No.1 in its first weekend box office, but its gross was far below expectations.


The Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong, Tomorrow’s Joe)-directed film earned 264 million yen on 191,200 admissions on its first Saturday and Sunday (373 million in three days total), which was less than half of that of this summer’s smash hit film Gintama (541 million yen), and even only 41.3 percent of that of the star Ryosuke Yamada’s previous live-action adaptation film based on a popular Japanese manga, Assassination Classroom: Graduation (639 million yen/March 2016).


The audience doesn’t seem to appreciate the film so passionately. According to Pia’s first day satisfaction

ranking, it ranked only 8th with a poor 82.1 rating (this weekend’s most praised film was Touken Ranbu:

Hanamaru ~Makuai Kaisouroku~, the compilation film of the first Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru TV anime series).


The 133-minute film is also scheduled to be distributed in over 190 countries/regions all over the world.

Will foreign audience accept the adaptation played by Japanese actors? We’ll see.



Weekend box office in Japan  (December 2-3, 2017)

 – ticket sales basis


 1 (new). “Fullmetal Alchemist”

 2 (new). “Tantei wa BAR ni Iru 3”

 3 (2). “It”

 4 (1). “Justice League”

 5 (3). “Hibana”


 7 (new). “Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru ~Makuai Kaisouroku~”

 8 (8). “Kaiketsu Zorori: ZZ no Himitsu”

 9 (5). “Last Recipe: Kirin no Shita no Kioku”

 10 (6). “Godzilla: Monster Planet”



“Fullmetal Alchemist” trailer with English subtitles


Source: Eiga.com


(C)2017 Hiromu Arakawa/SQUARE ENIX

(C)2017 Movie “Fullmetal Alchemist” Production Committee