Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Latest Doraemon film opens #1; Kurosagi movie follows behind at #3

a8394-3.jpgDoraemon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojin Den, the latest movie about Fujiko F. Fujio’s manga robotic cat, opened at #1 at the Japanese box office (March 8–9) with US$5,033,049 on 344 screens (Box Office Mojo). Eiga Kurosagi (Kurosagi the Movie) also opened this past weekend, but at #4 with US$2,817,974 on 315 screens. This is the theatrical version of the live-action television drama adaptation of Takeshi Natsuhara and Kuromaru’s manga. The story centers on a man named Kurosaki who becomes a “Kurosagi” (black egret), or someone who swindles other swindlers.

All three of the previous weekend’s manga-related movies fell but remained on the chart. The ninth film adaptation of the Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga and television anime series took in US$1,073,276 on 293 screens in its second weekend. One Piece: Episode of Chopper + Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura was #6 according to Kogyo Tsushinsha, but #7 according to Box Office Mojo. L change the WorLd, the live-action Death Note spinoff starring Ken’ichi Matsuyama (NANA, Sexy Voice and Robo, Detroit Metal City), fell again from #2 to #7 in its fifth weekend, according to Kogyo Tsushinsha. Box Office Mojo lists it at #6 with US$1,096,085 on 317 screens to add to its US$26,119,424 total. Finally, #8’s Chō Gekijōban Keroro Gunso 3: Keroro Tai Keroro - Tenkū Daikessen de Arimasu!, the third Keroro Gunso or Sgt. Frog movie, earned US$699,789 on 163 screens in its second weekend to add to its US$1,889,350 total.

Source: Kogyo Tsushinsha

Image © Fujiko Pro, Shogakukan, TV Asahi, Shinei, ADK 2008

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