The well-buzzed live-action film adaptation of Sui Ishida’s dark fantasy manga series Tokyo Ghoul was finally released in 305 theaters across Japan on July 29. The Masataka Kubota (Death Note TV drama)-starring film delivered 232 million yen on 166,000 admissions, ranking 5th and becoming the top-grossing PG12-rated film in the weekend of July 29-30. Considering the film’s rating (“Parental guidance is required for children under the age of 12”) that has made it difficult to promote the film to broader audiences, the opening weekend result can be considered as a success.
Tokyo Ghoul is expected to finish its domestic run with around 1 billion yen and to earn more from the international market where the manga series has had a huge fan base.
The live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi’s action comedy manga Gintama has continued its successful run in Japan. It ranked 4th in its third weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to 2.3 billion
yen. It crossed the 2 billion yen mark only in 14 days, which was the fastest record for a Japanese
live-action film released this year.
Meanwhile, ex-Studio Ghibli director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty, When Marnie
Was There)’s new anime feature film Mary to Mahou no Hana/Mary and The Witch’s Flower is confirmed
to earn 1.9 billion yen in four weeks, and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection has sold 100,000 tickets
in two weeks.
And the box-office disappointment Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda./The Anthem of the Heart, a live-action
film adaptation of A-1 Pictures’ 2015 anime feature of the same name, dropped out of the top 10 in just
Weekend box office in Japan (July 29-30, 2017)
– ticket sales basis
1 (1). “Despicable Me 3”
2 (new). “The Mummy”
3 (new). “Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai”
4 (2). “Gintama”
5 (new). “Tokyo Ghoul”
6 (4). “Pokémon the Movie 20: I Choose You!”
7 (3). “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
8 (6). “Mary and The Witch’s Flower”
9 (5). “Cars 3”
10 (7). “Shinobi no Kuni”
English-subtitled special trailer featuring the theme song