Makoto Shinkai’s new anime film your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) has earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million) in three days since opening last Friday. It ranked #1 at the Japanese box office in tickets sold during Saturday and Sunday. The film sold 688,000 tickets over Saturday and Sunday, earning 930 million yen (US$9.1 million) in that two-day period alone. TOHO predicts that the film will gross a total of 6 billion yen (US$58.8 million).
Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Shin Godzilla film dropped from #2 to #3 in its fifth week in theaters. The film has earned 5.3 billion yen (about US$51.63 million), and has surpassed the earnings of Anno’s previous film, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, which earned 5,267,373,350 yen total.Shin Godzilla has now sold a total of 3.6 million tickets.
The live-action film of Kazune Kawahara’s Aozora Yell (Yell for the Blue Sky) manga dropped from #3 to #5 in its second weekend. The film opened on 281 screens in Japan on August 20, and sold 160,000 tickets to earn 197,000,000 yen (US$1.96 million) in its opening weekend.
One Piece Film Gold fell from #7 to #9 in its sixth weekend. The movie has earned 4,778,856,000 yen (about US$46.02 million) and sold 3,582,115 tickets in the 37 days since its opening on July 23. The film is projected to earn 5 billion yen (about US$48.97 million) to surpass the 4.8 billion yen (about US$47 million) gross of 2009’s One Piece Film Strong World, the previous film in the franchise.
The Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen anime film dropped off the chart in its second weekend, after ranking #8 last week. The film opened on 117 screens on August 19.