The powerhouse that is “Harry Potter” was dethroned from the top spot, and this time by a Japanese production.
The movie that dethroned the king was, “Kamisama no Karute“, starring Arashi’s Sakurai Sho and actress Miyazaki Aoi in a touching human drama, that put Japan back on the top for their weekend box office ranking. The debut work of Natsukawa Sosuke, an actual doctor, was given into the hands of director Fukagawa Yoshihiro (“60-sai no Love Letter”, “Byakuyako”, “Yougashi Coin de Rue”) for a much anticipated movie adaption.
It was so anticipated that 239,522 people decided to watch it on its opening weekend, grossing more than 300 million Yen (3.9 million USD) in just two days. According to an online survey, 93% of the audience were women, with half of them being middle and high-school students. 38.4% of them also revealed that they only went to see the movie because of the lead actor Sakurai Sho. It will be difficult to stay a long-lasting hit at the box office chart this way, but it’s expected to at least cross the 2 billion Yen (25 million USD) mark sooner or later.
Not even “Harry Potter” had any magic spell left against the fandom of Arashi and Sakurai in particular. However, they can’t really complain about the success of “Harry Potter” in Japan anyway. The movie is in its seventh week now and added yet another billion yen to its revenue. It’s now at 9 billion Yen (117.3 million USD) with more than 6 million sold movie tickets.
Meanwhile, “Pokémon” and “Kokuriko-zaka Kara” exchanged their ranks again.
Another Japanese movie, “Nichirin no Isan“, based on a novel by Asada Jiro, directed by Sasabe Kiyoshi, and starring actor Sakai Masato, also opened this weekend, but it just missed to rank inside the top 10.
Trailers for “Kamisama no Karute”, “Nichirin no Isan”, and other new Japanese movies can be found after the ranking!
|01 (00)||Kamisama no Karute||01|
|02 (01)||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||07|
|03 (02)||Kung Fu Panda 2||02|
|04 (06)||Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom / Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram||07|
|05 (05)||Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful the Movie: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals||04|
|06 (04)||Kokuriko-zaka Kara||07|
|07 (03)||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||05|
|08 (07)||Cars 2||05|
|09 (09)||Usagi Drop||02|
=== > “Kamisama no Karute” (Human Drama) Cast: Sakurai Sho (Arashi), Miyazaki Aoi, Kaname Jun, Kichise Michiko, and many more> “Nichirin no Isan” (Drama, History) Cast: Sakai Masato, Nakamura Shido, Fukushi Seiji, Yusuke Santamaria, Yachigusa Kaoru, and more
> “Inu no Omawarisan ~ Tenohira Wanko 3D” (Dogs) Cast: Nakao Akiyoshi, Kawahara Kazuhisa, Nakamura Yuri, Hige Danshaku, and more> “Watashitachi no Natsu” (Life) Cast: Yoshino Aki, Obara Saori, Tunekichi Suzuki, and more
> “Mahou Sensei Negima! Anime Final” (Anime) > “Hayate no Gotoku! Heaven is a Place on Earth” (Anime)
One trailer for both summer anime!
Congrats Sho-chan! Hail too future Prime Minister of Japan! and please don't bring back the perm ever again :P