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Big-screen TV adaptation Gokusen: The Movie earned $5.27m (Y489.5m) from 402,440 admissions on its opening weekend in Japan, beating out Hollywood newcomers Knowing and Monsters Vs. Aliens.



Distributor Toho opened the film on 409 screens for strong per screen averages of $12,900. Toho predicts a final take of $43m.

Gokusen stars Yukie Nakama as the granddaughter of a yakuza boss who fulfills her dream of being a teacher at an all-male high school, handling a class of delinquents.

Based on a manga by Kozueko Morimoto, Gokusen spawned a successful Nippon Television Network series also starring Nakama, with seasons aired in 2002, 2005 and last year.

NTV also produced an animated version in 2004. The film features cast members from recent and past seasons and marks the final time the actress will play the red track-suited icon.

Animated hit Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance moved into second after two weeks in first place, earning over $16m thus far.

Toho-Towa distributed Knowing, which opened in third place, while Paramount’s Monsters Vs. Aliens opened in seventh place. The film’s 135-screen opening is the widest ever 3D release in the territory. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen fell from third to fifth.

Big screen “blow ups” of hit TV shows continue to help broadcasters shore up rapidly decreasing ad revenues, which have plummeted five years in a row, dropping 4.4% in 2008.

Toho released another TV adaptation, TBS’ Rookies, on 428 screens in late May grabbing $13m on its first two days. Still ranking fourth, it is currently the highest grossing film of 2009 amassing $80m so far.

Despite such adaptations being a fixture at the top end of year-end box office rankings they rarely generate major sales or box office overseas.

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Rookies is slowing down just a tad. Not sure if it can reach 100m. Summer will help, and 90m is a lock most likely, but I *think* it'll need a push eventually or some sub 20% drops for several weeks to reach the 100m mark, which will be a huge success for it and the Box Office in Japan. Excluding Miyazaki films (Howl's Moving Castle - 190m, Ponyo - 170m), the last film to cross 100m was Harry Potter 3 5 years ago.

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/too ... /Japan.jsp

Rookies hits 82m
Evangelion has a shot at 40m perhaps if it keeps holding well.
Monsters Vs Aliens disappoints
Transformers might get lucky and reach 30m.

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I wonder why the 2nd Rebuild of Evangelion movie is doing so much better than the 1st? It was pretty much a well-known commodity already. Is it all to do with release date?


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No idea, and it's only playing in 129 theatres, less than half the average. The equivalent here would probably be around 1800-2000 or so. 3rd weekend and a PTA of 24K...

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Wouldn't potter affect all holdovers especially TF2/T4. I dont see how TF2 can make 30M from a 1.5M weekend and < 21M total.

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TF2 made a little over 5m it's opening weekend. Legs in Japan are huge compared to, say, the US. A 5m opening, 30m total for instance is rather meh.

Not sure about Potter, I doubt i'll hurt holdovers too much since it's fanbase driven.

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http://www.cinemanavi.co.jp/english/weekend.html

Just the rankings, but the holdovers look like they tumbled. I wasn't aware Pokemon the 12th Movie was opening this past weekend. Last year, Pokemon the 11th Movie opened against Ponyo (no idea why it opened against what was going to be an easy 100m+ film. Ponyo went on to gross 170m from a 13m opening) and actually became the biggest Pokemon movie ever in Japan, grossing I believe 53m after a 9m opening. Now the 12th movie, opening against a candidate for biggest movie of the year again, Harry Potter 6, debuts at No.2 just like the 11th did against Ponyo.

I doubt it matters what a Pokemon film opens against though given the massive fanbase. It'll be intereting to see this weekends numbers for sure though. Harry Potter 6 broke the wed record with 3.6m, and was projected to gross 27m for the 5-day for a new record, so we'll see soon enough.

Previous films in the respected franchises numbers:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 18.7m / 80m (biggest opening for the franchise, but lowest total.)

Pokemon the 11th Movie - 9m/53m (not sure where the opening ranks, but it's the biggest total for the franchise.)

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Also, if HP6 did indeed open to the projected 27m I read, nearly 10m more than HP5, it would be the biggest opening ever, and give it a real shot at 100m.

Two potential 100m films this year, the other being Rookies if it can pull off some strong holds the remainder of the summer, would be a great success for the Box Office there. 2009 seemed like it was going to be lacking with nothing coming close to the success of Ponyo, first 100m+ film in 4 years there, and while no film will come close to Ponyo, two 100m, even if Rookies and Potter crawl to the mark, will keep the box office on par with 2008, if not higher even with Red Cliff II beating Red Cliff I earlier this year and another Pokemon film which could be good for 50+.

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$27m? According to Screen Daily it opened with $18m in Japan.

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$27m? According to Screen Daily it opened with $18m in Japan.


Maybe 18m for wknd (Sat.-Sun.)
And 27m for 5 days (Wed.-Sun.)

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I doubt that. All numbers seem to be for 5-day.

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They still watch Pokemon in Japan?

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HR has the latest weekend chart. HP6 made 18.156 over 5-day. Also TF2 tumbled hard. Does this imply just a 25M gross in japan.


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1 new HARRY POTTER HALF-BLOOD PRINCE WARNER BROS $10,488,890 -- 844 -- $12,428 5 $18,156,411
2 new PIKACHU: THE MOVIE 2009 TOHO $7,139,306 -- 366 -- $19,506 2 $7,139,306
3 new AMALFI TOHO $4,011,179 -- 357 -- $11,236 2 $4,011,179
4 1 GOKUSEN THE MOVIE TOHO $3,132,216 -39.6 409 -- $7,658 9 $12,009,107
5 2 EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU ARE KLOCKWORX $1,965,040 -30.6 120 -- $16,375 23 $25,511,286
6 3 KNOWING TOHO TOWA $1,291,466 -44.8 321 -- $4,023 10 $6,449,785
7 4 ROOKIES TOHO $1,156,848 -40.4 340 -- $3,402 51 $83,336,511
8 7 THE SUMMIT: A CHRONICLE OF.. TOEI $806,144 -36.3 308 -- $2,617 30 $20,974,692
9 6 MONSTERS VS. ALIENS PARAMOUNT PICTURES INT $756,958 -42.8 398 -- $1,902 9 $2,598,067
10 5 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE.. PARAMOUNT PICTURES INT $704,101 -52.7 468 -- $1,504 30 $22,062,118
Totals $31,452,148 3931 $80,651 $202,248,462


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/too ... /Japan.jsp

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Variety report wasn't using appropriate sources with their projected 27m 5-day for Potter (though that was released on WED), or it was super frontloaded.

Not a bad opening obviously, it would be the 2nd best in the francise, and 4th biggest of all time in Japan (5-day), though 100m is highly unlikely, as is probably HP5's 80m total. Gotta wait and see, though I doubt the continued downward trend for the franchise is going to stop here.

Good opening for Pokemon the 12th Movie also. A little lower than the previous movie, though the previous ended up being the biggest movie in the franchise. 40m shouldn't be too difficult for this one.

And yeah, Transformers 2 (won't be reaching 30m), as well as the other hold overs took some big hits with the three big openers. 100m is also highly unlikely not for Rookies now, though 90m will happen, so it and Potter combined should match Ponyo from last year at least.

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With just one opener that appeared in the Top 10, that film being Ice Age 3 debuting at No.10 (hehe), the drops weren't that great for anything.

Potter at 37m after 12 days, with what appears to be a decent hold, but I'm not sure how the last Potter film held.

Pokemon keeps a PTA over 10k it's second weekend, but seeing a meh drop (gotta check the last films 2nd weekend drop to see how it compares), and Rookies crossed 85m.

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1 1 HARRY POTTER HALF-BLOOD PRINCE WARNER BROS $5,642,058 -14.2 742 -- $7,604 19 $50,151,799
2 2 PIKACHU: THE MOVIE 2009 TOHO $3,109,225 -19.2 366 -- $8,495 16 $27,864,920
3 3 AMALFI TOHO $2,921,741 -2.2 357 -- $8,184 16 $19,539,886
4 new BOLT WALT DISNEY STUDIOS INTL $2,687,888 -- 482 -- $5,577 2 $2,687,888
5 new NARUTO SHIPPUDEN MOVIE HI NO.. TOHO $2,026,137 -- 266 -- $7,617 2 $2,026,137
6 4 GOKUSEN THE MOVIE TOHO $1,901,481 -4.7 409 -- $4,649 23 $23,772,264
7 new SUMMER WARS WARNER BROS $1,347,951 -- 127 -- $10,614 2 $1,347,951
8 5 EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU ARE KLOCKWORX $995,021 -19.5 122 -- $8,156 37 $31,458,138
9 new HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU WARNER BROS $744,081 -- 166 -- $4,482 2 $744,081
10 8 THE SUMMIT: A CHRONICLE OF.. TOEI $631,814 6.1 308 -- $2,051 44 $24,388,330


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/too ... /Japan.jsp

Well, some huge holds. Nothing dropping over 20%.

HP6 crossed 50m after 3 weeks making it the third biggest film of the year so far. HP5 finished with 80m, so that's the obvious target.

PKMN12 near 30m, still looks good for 40m+.

Bolt has a solid debut at No.4.

Rookies falls out of the top 10 unfortunately thanks to 4 new openers, so tracking it's gonna be tough now.

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8/8-9

1 NEW Masked Rider Decade/Sinkenger (JPN.) Toei 1
2 1 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE WB 4
3 2 Pokemon The Movie 2009 (JPN.Animation) Toho 4
4 NEW HACHIKO: A DOG'S STORY Shochiku 1
5 NEW G.I.JOE: RISE OF COBRA Paramount 1
6 3 Amalfi (JPN.) Toho 4
7 4 BOLT Disney 2
8 6 Gokusen The Movie (JPN.) Toho 5
9 5 Naruto Shippuden The Movie, Hi No Ishi Wo Tsugu Mono (JPN.Animation) Toho 2
10 7 Summer Wars (JPN.Animation) WB 2

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1 N Gekijôban Kamen raidâ Dikeido: Ôru Raidâ tai Daishokkâ (Kamen Rider Decade the Movie: All Riders Vs. Great Shocker) Toei $5,012,116 - 345 - $14,528 $5,012,116 1 Unknown
2 1 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince WB $3,460,485 -38.3% 671 -71 $5,157 $58,706,707 4 Unknown
3 N Hachiko: A Dog's Story Shochiku $2,340,099 - 349 - $6,705 $2,340,099 1 Unknown
4 2 Gekijô ban poketto monsutâ: Daiamondo pâru - Arceus Chokoku No Jiku He (Pokémon 12) Toho $2,131,149 -31.0% 366 - $5,823 $34,114,842 4 Unknown
5 - G.I. Joe UIP $1,854,608 - 385 - $4,817 $2,465,743 -10 Unknown
6 3 Amalufi: Megami no hôshû Toho $1,756,340 -39.5% 357 - $4,920 $24,221,796 4 Unknown
7 4 Bolt Disney $1,547,698 -42.0% 483 +1 $3,204 $7,393,129 2 USA
8 6 Gokusen: The Movie Toho $1,173,468 -37.9% 409 - $2,869 $27,289,394 5 Unknown
9 7 Samâwôzu (Summer Wars) WB $989,758 -26.1% 127 - $7,793 $3,920,463 2 Unknown
10 5 Gekijô ban Naruto: Shippûden - Hi no ishi o tsugu mono (Naruto the Movie 2009) Toho $953,909 -52.6% 266 - $3,586 $4,885,340 2 Unknown



Not too good for Potter 6. It only added 8/9m over the week, and unless it can have some strong holds in the weeks to come, it doesn't look like it'll reach Potter 5's 80m total. Which would continue the downward spiral for Potter in Japan, every single film since the first has decreased from the previous film. My guess for Potter 6 would be low 70's.

Pretty good for Pokemon the 12th Movie, adding 7/8m over the week, quickly catching up to Potter despite opening quite a bit lower the same weekend. 40m is a lock, should finish in the mid 40's, very good.

Not too bad for GI Joe. Could have been worse.

And there is an interesting battle for Hollywood's 2nd biggest film of the year (1st being Potter) between Angels & Demons and Terminator 4 playing out:

- 15 Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Sony $14,461 -92.8% 17 -288 $851 $33,822,123 9 USA
- - Angels & Demons Sony $147 -98.4% 3 -5 $49 $34,228,304 13 USA

Angels & Demons is basically finished with just 3 theatres remaining, and Terminator 4 took a huge hit dropping 93% this weekend, but 400,000 is still very close and it can only gain on it now.



Rookies keeps chugging along, dropping 50% though this past weekend, I still think it can crawl to 90m.
13 11 Rookies: Sotsugyô Toho $244,350 -50.1% 336 - $727 $87,151,336 11

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With Summer coming to a close, let's compare Summer 08 to Summer 09.

Top 5 Films: Summer 2008

1. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea - 165m
2. Boys Over Flowers - 75m
3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 53m
4. Pokemon the 11th Movie - 44m
5. Aibo - 42m

Top 5 Films: Summer 2009 (my projections)

1. Rookies - 90m
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 76m
3. Pokemon the 12th Movie - 45m
4. Evangelion: 2.0 - 37m
5. Angels & Demons, Gokusen, Amalufi (34+)
--The 5th spot is too hard to predict since Angels & Demons currently would claim it (with 34m), but Gokusen and Amalufi are both heading to a total in the mid 30's.

Evangelion is VERY impressive. It was only released in 200 theatres (less than half a normal local blockbuster) or something and has pulled in some huge numbers.

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What's wrong with movies in Japan? I remember they used to have so many many more $100+ million grossers...

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Wall-e missed the cut?

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What's wrong with movies in Japan? I remember they used to have so many many more $100+ million grossers...


Hollywood films were those 100+ films, but they keep doing less and less. But local films keep doing more and more (on average), so that's good.

shawman, the list is for summer films only, May-Aug, so no Wall-E. Wall-E opened in Dec. in Japan.

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What's wrong with movies in Japan? I remember they used to have so many many more $100+ million grossers...


Hollywood films were those 100+ films, but they keep doing less and less. But local films keep doing more and more (on average), so that's good.



Well what about something like Bayside Shakedown 2 which made $150+ million as well?

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Spirited Away $234,000,000
Titanic $219,500,000
Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle) - $188m
Harry Potter 1: PS - $170,100,000
Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (2008) - $164,565,997
Bayside Shakedown 2 $164.45m
Harry Potter 2: COS - $164m
Princess Mononoke $156,000,000
E.T. $145,000,000
Armageddon $140,000,000
The Last Samurai – $133,000,000
Harry Potter 3: POA - $131m
Jurassic Park 1 - $125,500,000
The Phantom Menace - $109,905,784
Finding Nemo - $106.8m
Matrix Reloaded $104.3m
Lord Of The Rings: ROTK - $100.2m

All Hollywood except for the Miyazaki films and Bayside Shakedown 2. So Bayside Shakedown 2 is the only local film, except for Miyazaki, that has grossed over 100m.

I'm guessing Bayside Shakedown was at it's peak in popularity in Japan when the second movie opened. TV show adaptations do very well in Japan too, Rookies and Boys Over Flowers being the most recent examples.

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