"Aikatsu! The Movie" makes an impressive debut
While losing its first place to the live-action adaptation film of Io Sakisaka's popular shoujo manga Ao Haru Ride this past weekend, the 10th Naruto film The Last -Naruto The Movie- has topped the one billion yen (about US$8.5 million) mark at the Japanese box office only nine days after its opening. In comparison, the last feature film Road to Ninja released in July 2012 spent 17 days to reach the mark. Considering the current momentum, there is no doubt that The Last will be the top-grossing Naruto film, expected to earn around two billion yen in its entire run.
A notable newcomer of this weekend is Aikatsu! The Movie, a movie adapation of Sunrise's TV anime series based on arcade trading card game for girls. It debuted 5th on 151 screens, earning 172,727,250 yen (US$1.45 million) on 156,949 ticket sales. The number is far better than the first weekend of
HappinessCharge PreCure! Ningyou no Kuni no Ballerina, which opened in October on 199 screens with
100,389,600 yen (US$852,000) on 85,396 tickets. The per theater average of Aikatsu! (1,143,889 yen)
is more than double of that of HappinessCharge PreCure! (504,470 yen).
"The Last -Naruto The Movie-" trailer
"Aikatsu! The Movie" Trailer
Source: Movie Walker
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© Movie Naruto Production Committee 2014
© 2014 Sunrise/Bandai, Aikatsu The Movie