One Piece Film Z, the 11th feature film based on the manga series by Eiichiro Oda, earned record-breaking 750 million yen (about US$9 million) at the box office and drew 600,000 audiences from 300 screens in Japan on its opening day yesterday. The previous opening day record-holder in the franchise was One Piece Film Strong World, which debuted to 553 million yen on December 12th in 2009. This is also the highest opening day record for Toei, the distribution company of the film, since 2000. The film had sold 650,000 advance tickets and it was 160% more than the record of Strong World.
One Piece Film Z is expected to earn 1.3 billion yen (US$15,568,862) and draw 1 million audiences in its first weekend. And there is a strong possibility that it will be the top-grossing film of 2012 in Japan beating Brave Hearts: Umizaru, which was released in July and earned 7.33 billion yen
(US$87,784,431) in total.
Source: Nikkan Sports
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