Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, the first of two “final chapter” films in the live-action film series based on Nobuhiro Watsuki‘s Rurouni Kenshin manga, dropped from #3 to #4 in its fifth weekend. The film earned 118,573,820 yen (about US$1.09 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold a total of 2.08 million tickets, and has earned a cumulative total of 2,918,920,440 yen (about US$26.84 million).
The film ranked at #2 and earned 745 million yen (about US$6.9 million) in its opening weekend.
The film opened in Japan on April 23. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning, the second film, will open on June 4.
The films were originally slated to open on July 3 and August 7 last year, but were delayed to this year due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final has an original story that differs from the story in the manga. The film centers on the story from the manga’s “Jinchū” arc, which features Kenshin’s conflict with the mysterious weapons dealer Enishi. Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning will tell the story of how Kenshin got his cross-shaped scar. Kasumi Arimura will play the character Tomoe Yukishiro in the films. Tomoe was Kenshin’s wife during his days as the assassin Battōsai, and her story ties into Kenshin’s iconic X-shaped scar. Kenshin and Tomoe’s relationship was previously portrayed in the Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal original video anime (OVA) project.
The Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan film dropped from #2 to #5 in its sixth weekend. It earned 101,145,800 yen (about US$930,500) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 6,411,687,500 yen (about US$58.98 million). The film has sold a total of 4.57 million tickets.
The film sold 1,533,054 tickets and earned 2,218,130,800 yen (about US$20.5 million) in its first three days to rank #1 in the Japanese box office in its opening weekend.
Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet is the 24th film in the franchise. The film was slated to open on April 17 last year, but was delayed from its original date due to concerns about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film opened in Japan on April 16. The film also had a simultaneous release in 22 countries and territories outside of Japan: Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and France.
Tomoka Nagaoka (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire) directed the film, and Takeharu Sakurai (Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer) wrote the script. Katsuo Ono returned to compose the music. Rock band Tokyo Jihen performed the theme song “Eien no Fuzaishōmei” (The Eternal Alibi).
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :||), the “final” Evangelion film, dropped from #4 to #6 in its 11th weekend. The film earned 34,566,350 yen (about US$318,000) from Friday to Sunday. It has earned a cumulative total of 8,543,384,400 yen (about US$78.59 million). The film has sold a total of 5.59 million tickets.
In its third week, the film surpassed the domestic earnings of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, which earned a total of 5.3 billion yen. The new film is now the highest-earning film in the series domestically and internationally.
The film ranked #1 in its opening weekend. The film sold 2,194,533 tickets for 3,338,422,400 yen (about US$30.6 million) in its first seven days in 466 theaters in Japan. The film sold 33.6% more tickets for 45.1% more yen than the previous Evangelion film during their respective first seven days. The film earned the equivalent of US$3.4 million in 38 IMAX theaters during its first seven days— the second-highest opening week for IMAX screenings of a domestic title in Japan, behind only last year’s Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 also played in 82 theaters equipped for 4D screenings.
The staff had delayed the film from January 23 to March 8, after careful consideration due to the new state of emergency declared in four prefectures in Japan on January 8, and then extended to a total of 11 prefectures. The film had an earlier delay due to concerns over COVID-19 and its spread inside and outside of Japan. The film was originally scheduled to open in Japan on June 27, 2020.
Paladin: Agateram, the second film in the Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot (Fate/Grand Order Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki Camelot) film project, dropped from #5 to #7 in its second weekend. The film earned 28,300,600 yen (about US$260,300) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 122,451,700 yen (about US$1.12 million).
The film ranked at #5 in its opening weekend.
The two Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot films, Wandering: Agateram and Paladin: Agateram, adapt the “Dai Roku Tokuiten Shinsei Entaku Ryōiki: Camelot” (Order VI: The Sacred Round Table Realm: Camelot) story from the game.
Kazuto Arai (FLCL Progressive) directed the second film at Production I.G. Takashi Takeuchi (Fate anime franchise) was the lead character designer, while Mieko Hosoi (Aiura, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions) adapted those designs for animation. Film composers included Keita Haga (Fate/stay night theme song lyrics) and Hideyuki Fukasawa (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works).
Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train dropped from #6 to #8 in its 32nd weekend. The film earned 20,346,650 yen (about US$187,100) from Friday to Sunday. It has earned a cumulative total of 40,016,942,050 yen (about US$367.6 million) in Japan, and became the first film ever to pass the 40 billion yen milestone in Japan.
After 12 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office in Japan, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train dropped to #2 during the January 9-10 weekend, its 13th weekend. The film had ranked in the top three spots weekly in Japan since then, until its 22nd weekend.
The film has surpassed Hayao Miyazaki‘s 2002 Spirited Away, its last rival for all-time highest earnings in Japanese box office history. (Spirited Away earned 30.8 billion yen in its original run, but has since earned a total of 31.68 billion yen after last summer’s revival screenings.) The film has also surpassed Spirited Away as the #1 highest-earning Japanese film of all time worldwide.
The main staff members of the previous television anime returned for the sequel film. TOHO and Aniplex are handling the film’s distribution in Japan. Funimation and Aniplex of America began screening the film in theaters in North America on April 23, and will release the film digitally on June 22.
The third film in the six-part Girls und Panzer das Finale film is outside the top 10, but the film still earned 3,634,800 yen (about US$33,400) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 470,000,100 yen (about US$4.32 million).
Kadokawa‘s 4K HDR screening of the 1999 Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (Gamera 3: Iris Kakusei) film rose from #2 to #1 in the mini-theater ranking in its sixth weekend.