One Piece Film Red continues to hold the top spot, while Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai drops to #5.

For a fourth weekend in a row, the top spot in the Japanese box office belonged to the anime One Piece Film Red. The movie sold 832,000 tickets over the weekend and made 1,209,188,020 yen (approximately $8.732 million) from Friday to Sunday. For a total of 11,454,050,370 yen (about US$82.70 million), the movie has already sold over 8.2 million tickets.

One Piece Film Red

As the #10 highest-grossing anime movie ever in Japan, One Piece Film Red has surpassed Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekij-ban:||). Currently, it is Japan’s #29-highest-grossing movie of all time. Top Gun: Maverick, which as of this week had taken in 11,807,593,520 yen (about US$85,27 million), is the only movie to have outperformed One Piece Film Red in Japan this year.

In its first weekend, the movie took the top spot at the Japanese box office. In its first two days, the movie grossed 2.254 billion yen (approximately $16.7 million) from the sale of 1.58 million tickets. One Piece Film Red released on a Saturday, whereas One Piece Stampede opened on a Friday. As a result, the movie made 78 percent more in its first two days than it did in its first three. In terms of the quantity of tickets sold and the yen made at the box office, it has surpassed previous entries in the series in both sales and revenue.

On August 6, the movie had its premiere there. 27 cinemas in Japan have IMAX showings of the movie, which debuted alongside standard showings. MX4D, 4DX, and Dolby Atmos screenings of the movie were also available on the first day. This fall, the movie will be shown in theatres in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand thanks to Crunchyroll. The screenings will be offered in both an English dub and Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The main focus of the movie is Shanks’ daughter Uta, a new character. Uta’s singing voice is Ado, while Kaori Nazuka provides the character’s speaking voice. Ado also sings “Shinjidai,” the movie’s theme song (“New Genesis”). One Piece Film Red was directed by Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass, One Piece: Defeat The Pirate Ganzak! special). The screenplay was written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Film Gold, One Piece: Heart of Gold, GANTZ:O, and the live-action Black Butler), while Eiichiro Oda, the author of the One Piece comic, acted as executive producer.

The 10th instalment in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai, debuted in theatres again this weekend and placed #5 overall.

The movie’s plot is summarised by Viz Media in its North American DVD release as follows:

Although Ash may believe he has seen everything there is to know about Pokémon, in his most recent epic journey, will he be ready to take on the enigmatic Darkrai? Ash and his companions learn that the town’s unique garden has been destroyed when exploring Alamos Town, the location of the Space-Time Tower, with the lovely Alice. A handsome yet haughty man named Baron Alberto accuses Darkrai of being responsible for the devastation right away. Darkrai arrives and challenges our heroes as though it just heard the charge!

What is Darkrai? Is it an opponent or a friend posing as an enemy? Will Ash and his pals make it through this conflict and discover Darkrai’s real nature while a fight between the legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia rages above Alamos Town and threatens to rip a hole in the fabric of space-time?

The movie first came out in July 2007.

Shinsuke Sat (death note, live-action Gantz) Light up the NEW planet, Bleach) is back in charge. Shin (Xin), Ei Sei (Yin Zheng), and Ka Ry Ten (He Liao Diao) are all reprising their individual roles from the last movie as did Kento Yamazaki, Ry Yoshizawa, and Kanna Hashimoto. Together with Sato and Hara, Tsutomu Kuroiwa (live-action Black Butler, GANTZ:O, One Piece Film Gold) wrote the narrative for the film. Yutaka Yamada (Tokyo Ghoul, Vinland Saga, live-action Bleach) created the soundtrack. The “Ikiro” theme tune was written by Mr. Children (Live).

In its first three days, the first movie made 690,219,500 yen (about $6.17 million) in Japan, when it premiered in April 2019. 506,861 tickets were sold. The movie finally brought in a total of 5.73 billion yen (about $53.2 million) after selling 4.11 million tickets for a price of 5,471,938,400 yen. In July 2019, Funimation previewed the movie at Anime Expo, and in August 2019, it started playing in cinemas across North America.

The live-action/CG movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2 lost one spot on the top 10 chart in its second weekend, but it still made 26,041,710 yen (about $188,000), bringing its total to 133,436,980 yen (roughly $963,000).

The second weekend’s earnings for Tsurune The Movie: The First Shot (Gekijban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha) brought in 22,626,600 yen (about US$163,000), bringing its new total to 125,321,720 yen (around US$905,000). Despite not placing in the top 10, the film nevertheless made a profit.

In its second weekend, the live-action movie based on the The Violence Action manga by Shin Sawada and Renji Asai fell below the top 10.

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