Japan Box Office: Live-Action Gintama 2 Debuts at No.1 with Excellent 528 Million Yen

Surpassing expectations, Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu tame ni koso Aru (The Rule is surely there to be broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi’s sci-fi comedy manga series got off to a strong start. The Yuichi Fukuda-directed sequel earned 279,910,100 yen on its opening day of August 17, which was a surprising 159% of that of the first film released in July 2017.


Then it made 528 million yen on 385,000 admissions in its first Saturday and Sunday, easily taking the No.1 spot at the weekend box office of August 18-19. While the first film made 982 million yen in its first four days, the second film collected 807 million yen in its first three days, breaking the first’s three-day gross record. 


The sequl featuring the same cast members with the first has also received good response from general audience, becoming the most popular film both in Pia and Filmarks‘ first day satisfaction

rankings. Considering the excellent word-of-mouth and reviews, the second film is expected to achieve

the same level of box office success with the first, or even more.


At the stage greeting event in Tokyo on the opening day, both director Fukuda and star Shun Oguri,

who has played the protagonist Gintoki Sakata, already showed their desire for the third one. 


“Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu tame ni koso Aru” first three-day box office:

  • August 17 (Fri): Attendance – 215,903 / Revenue – ¥279,910,100  
  • August 18 (Sat): Attendance – 190,682 / Revenue – ¥260,606,100 
  • August 19 (Sun) – Attendance – 194,210 / Revenue – ¥267,002,200



There were two new animation films ranking in the top 10. The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of

the Sky, an all-new feature film adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki’s fantasy action manga, landed in 5th place

with a modest 196 million yen, and Penguin Highway, Studio Colorido (Typhoon Noruda, Sonny Boy & Dewdrop

Girl)’s first feature film based on Tomihiko Morimi’s 2010 sci-fi novel, ranked 10th.


Meanwhile, after taking 4th place in its debut weekend and 7th in its 2nd, My Hero Academia The Movie:

The Two Heroes quickly dropped out of the top 10 in its 3rd weekend. The 96-minute film made at least 1.1

billion yen from the 900,000 ticket sales in its first 14 days between August 3 and 16. Falling a bit short of

our initial expectation, the front-loaded film is likely to end its domestic run with around 1.5 billion yen.



Weekend box office in Japan (August 18-19, 2018)

 (ticket sales basis)


 1 (new). “Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu tame ni koso Aru”

 2 (1). “Gekijyo-ban Code Blue ~ Dr Heli Kinkyuu Kyuumei ~”

 3 (3). “Incredibles 2”

 4 (2). “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

 5 (new). “The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky”

 6 (5). “Ocean’s Eight”

 7 (4). “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

 8 (11). “Camera wo Tomeruna!” (Don’t Stop The Camera!)

 9 (6). “MIRAI”

 10 (new). “Penguin Highway”



“Gintama 2” full trailer



“The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky” trailer



“Penguin Highway” trailer



Source: Eiga.com, Model Press, Nikkan Sports


(C)Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha

(C)2017 Movie “Gintama” Production Committee

© Nakaba Suzuki/Kodansha

© Nakaba Suzuki, Kodansha/”The Seven deadly Sins The Movie” Prodution Committee

© 2018 Tomihiko Morimi, KADOKAWA/”Penguin Highway” Production Committee