For a seventh weekend in a row, the top spot in the Japanese box office belonged to the anime One Piece Film Red. The movie sold 412,000 tickets over the weekend and made 580,877,040 yen (approximately $4.04 million) from Friday to Sunday. By Sunday, the movie had raked in 14,755,032,100 yen (about US$102.64 million) from the sale of nearly 10.72 million tickets.
The movie has surpassed Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You to become the #7 highest grossing anime movie and the #13 highest grossing movie in Japanese history, respectively.
On August 6, Japan saw the release of One Piece Film Red. 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. It has also surpassed Top Gun: Maverick to become the year’s highest-earning opening-weekend movie in Japan.
On November 4, Crunchyroll will be available in the US and Canada; on November 3, it will be available in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the subtitled debut will take place at Crunchyroll Expo Australia on September 16 before the North American premiere takes place in New York on October 6. (which is also the first day of New York Comic Con).
The film is focused on Uta, a new character who is Shanks’ daughter. Uta’s speaking voice is provided by Kaori Nazuka, and Ado performs the character’s singing. Additionally, Ado sings “Shinjidai,” the film’s theme song (“New Genesis”). One Piece Film Red was helmed by Code Geass and One Piece: Defeat The Pirate Ganzak! director Goro Taniguchi. The screenplay was written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Film Gold, One Piece: Heart of Gold, GANTZ:O, and the live-action Black Butler), and the executive producer was Eiichiro Oda, the guy behind the One Piece comic series.
In its third weekend, Gekij-ban Utano-Princesama Maji Love STRISH Tours, the most recent entry in the Utano-Princesama series, maintained position #4. From Friday through Sunday, the movie brought in 103,932,920 yen, or almost $723,000 USD. 370,000 tickets have been sold for the movie, bringing in a total of 580 million yen (approximately $4.04 million USD) thus far.
In its first weekend, the movie came in at number 7. Approximately its first three days, the movie sold 86,500 tickets and brought in 140 million yen (about US$996,400). On September 2, the movie made around 69.61 million yen (about $495,400 USD) on opening day, which is 63 percent greater than the first day’s earnings of the franchise’s last feature, Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom, which debuted in Japan in June 2019.
In 128 cinemas around Japan, the movie debuted on Friday. The “new theatrical film series” that the movie is a part of is completely made up of STRISH idol group concert footage. With Broccoli, Noriyasu Agematsu was once more given the credit for being the original creator. The film was made by A-1 Pictures, while the soundtrack was written by Elements Garden. The film is being distributed by Shochiku.
The sequel to the HiGH&LOW THE WORST crossover movie, The HiGH&LOW The Worst X (pronounced “cross”), fell from #2 to #7 in its second weekend. Over the course of the weekend, the movie brought in 75,466,960 yen, or around $525,000.
The movie premiered on September 9.
Members of the previous movie’s cast return for the sequel.
The sequel is being made by EXILE HIRO, with Norihisa Hiranuma returning to the director’s chair and Daisuke Ninomiya serving as general director. The action is being directed by Masaki Suzumura, while Takahito Ouchi is in charge of overseeing it. The script is being written by Hiranuma, Kei Watanabe, and Shoichiro Masumoto.
The follow-up movie to Yasuhisa Hara’s Kingdom manga, Kingdom II: Harukanaru Daichi e (To Distant Lands), fell out of the top 10 in its tenth weekend, but it still made 27,751,950 yen (roughly $192,900) from Friday to Sunday, giving it a cumulative total of 4,996,968,450 yen (roughly US$34.75 million).
Ensemble Stars!! Road to Show!!, the newest theatrical anime feature in the Ensemble Stars! franchise from Happy Elements, will screen from September 16 to 22 and will include all of the “Bukusuta The WORLD” shorts. In the mini-theater ranking for the week, this screening run came in at number three.