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Weekend Ranking (12/13-14)

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01 (--) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros.) DEBUT
02 (--) Ao Haru Ride (Toho) DEBUT

03 (01) The Last: Naruto the Movie (Toho) Week 2
04 (--) Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Full Throttle (Toei) DEBUT
05 (--) Aikatsu! The Movie (Toei) DEBUT

06 (02) Parasyte Part 1 (Toho) Week 3
07 (--) Gone Girl (Fox) DEBUT
08 (03) Fury (Kadokawa) Week 3
09 (04) Interstellar (Warner Bros.) Week 4
10 (07) Miracle: Devil Claus' Love and Magic (Toho) Week 4

None of the openers really exceeded expectations over the weekend, but they all performed well and gave the box-office a much needed boost.

>The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted on top in gross thanks to its high avg. ticket price, but actually placed a disappointing 3rd over the weekend in admissions. The final film in The Hobbit trilogy opened with ¥287,085,500 ($2.5 million) and 195,209 admissions on 640 screens.

The debut is 30% higher than An Unexpected Journey, but 8% below that of The Desolation of Smaug. However, since it's back in December again legs will be much better than the second film and with a nice increase over the first film's opening, it's very likely The Battle of the Five Armies becomes the highest-grossing film in the trilogy. It should be able to reach the ¥2 billion milestone, but it could also just fall short with ¥1.8/1.9 billion. Expect a final total between ¥1.8-2.2 billion ($16-20 million).

>Ao Haru Ride pulled off the weekend victory in admissions, but its low avg. ticket price has it settling for a 2nd place debut. The latest teen romance film from Takahiro Mike grossed ¥243,368,800 ($2.1 million) with 210,497 admissions on 295 screens. The debut is 41% stronger than his Girl in the Sunny Place from last year, and with a December release, expect a gross that should exceed the ¥2 billion ($18-22 million) mark. Legs for these types of films very often approach multipliers of 10 in December, so it and The Hobbit should have a very close race.

>The latest Kamen Rider grossed ¥204,536,600 ($1.8 million) with 166,620 admissions on 307 screens for a 4th place debut. At least it opened above 200 million, but it's still down almost 9% compared to last December's release. The franchise has been on a downward spiral for over a year now, with the Spring/Summer/Winter releases all opening and earning less than their predecessors. This one should still barely break the ¥1 billion ($9-11 million) mark, though, which will make it a success.

>Aikatsu! The Movie was hard to follow over the weekend since its playing on just 151 screens, and the demographic could have really varied. But, it's clear now that the demo for these films should be similar to those of the Pretty Cure releases with its very, very low avg. ticket price. The film earned ¥172,727,250 ($1.5 million) with 156,949 admissions over the weekend, and it should be able to reach the ¥1 billion milestone.

>And finally, Gone Girl opened in 7th place, grossing ¥153,399,400 ($1.3 million) with 118,593 admissions on 321 screens. A 7th place debut may seem very disappointing here, but the gross is quite impressive. And legs are likely to be strong with the solid reviews and being a December release, so it too should be able to exceed the ¥1 billion ($9-11 million) milestone.

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Top Opening Weekends - 2015
Gross ¥ ($) / Admissions [Screens] - Film (Distributor)

¥1 billion ↨
¥515.3 million ($4.4 million) / 396,280 [266] - The Last: Naruto the Movie (Toho)
¥500 million ↨
¥300 million ↨
¥287.1 million ($2.5 million) / 195,209 [640] - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros.)
¥243.4 million ($2.1 million) / 210,497 [295] - Ao Haru Ride (Toho)
¥204.5 million ($1.8 million) / 166,620 [307] - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Gaim & Drive: Full Throttle (Toei)
¥200 million ↨
¥172.7 million ($1.5 million) / 156,949 [151] - Aikatsu! The Movie (Toei)
¥153.4 million ($1.3 million) / 118,593 [321] - Gone Girl (Fox)
¥100 million ↨


Top Opening Weekends - 2014
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¥1 billion ↨
¥919.5 million ($8.7 million) / 717,948 [435] - Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Warner Bros.)
¥789.3 million ($7.8 million) / 649,865 [341] - Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension (Toho)
¥767.2 million ($7.6 million) / 554,991 [319] - Stand By Me, Doraemon (Toho)
¥763.4 million ($7.5 million) / 602,347 [598] - Frozen (Disney)
¥691.7 million ($6.8 million) / 500,837 [643] - Maleficent (Disney)
¥649.8 million ($6.4 million) / 539,132 [329] - Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (Toho)
¥600.4 million ($5.9 million) / 530,554 [361] - Doraemon: Nobita's Great Demon - Peko and the Exploration Party (Toho)
¥592.2 million ($5.8 million) / 433,346 [439] - Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Warner Bros.)
¥542.3 million ($5.3 million) / 429,918 [430] - The Eternal Zero (Toho)
¥508.4 million ($5.0 million) / 339,048 [427] - Godzilla (Toho)

¥500 million ↨
¥491.3 million ($4.8 million) / 365,356 [434] - Thermae Romae II (Toho)
¥485.3 million ($4.7 million) / 302,992 [760] - Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount)
¥444.1 million ($4.3 million) / 335,148 [307] - Lupin III (Toho)
¥420.3 million ($4.1 million) / 272,703 [761] - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony)
¥393.3 million ($3.9 million) / 360,190 [357] - Pokemon XY: The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie (Toho)
¥389.2 million ($3.8 million) / 284,367 [302] - Hot Road (Shochiku)
¥378.9 million ($3.7 million) / 285,234 [461] - Memories of Marnie (Toho)
¥340.3 million ($3.0 million) / 256,161 [418] - Parasyte Part 1 (Toho)
¥338.9 million ($3.3 million) / 294,599 [329] - Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes (Toho)
¥331.7 million ($3.2 million) / 246,099 [314] - Trick: The Last Stage (Toho)
¥313.3 million ($3.1 million) / 244,577 [681] - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros.)
¥302.8 million ($3.0 million) / 197,006 [549] - Gravity (Warner Bros.)

¥300 million ↨
¥294.0 million ($2.9 million) / 216,929 [307] - Crows: Explode (Toho)
¥284.3 million ($2.9 million) / 222,822 [456] - The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Toho)
¥282.2 million ($2.8 million) / 209,935 [293] - The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (Toho)
¥276.1 million ($2.7 million) / 246,094 [311] - I Want to Hold You (Toho)
¥274.5 million ($2.7 million) / 212,534 [334] - Partners the Movie 3 (Toei)
¥272.5 million ($2.7 million) / 207,475 [648] - X-Men: Days of Future Past (Fox)
¥263.2 million ($2.6 million) / 222,265 [292] - Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (Toei)
¥259.1 million ($2.5 million) / 172,211 [632] - Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.)
¥255.0 million ($2.5 million) / 200,321 [361] - Noah (Paramount)
¥224.1 million ($2.1 million) / 176,233 [535] - Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney)
¥223.5 million ($2.2 million) / 196,252 [284] - Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard (Toei)
¥210.9 million ($2.0 million) / 149,354 [712] - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Fox)
¥201.0 million ($1.8 million) / 155,667 [332] - Fury (Kadokawa)
¥200.9 million ($2.0 million) / 160,528 [251] - Mission Impossible: Samurai (Shochiku)

¥200 million ↨
¥199.8 million ($1.9 million) / 149,575 [205] - Lucy (Toho-Towa)
¥198.4 million ($1.9 million) / 142,236 [488] - Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney)
¥194.4 million ($1.9 million) / 162,522 [327] - Monsterz (Warner Bros.)
¥193.4 million ($1.7 million) / 137,490 [512] - Interstellar (Warner Bros.)
¥192.6 million ($1.9 million) / 172,278 [210] - Pretty Cure All Stars: New Stage 3 (Toei)
¥187.1 million ($1.8 million) / 144,456 [627] - Thor: The Dark World (Disney)
¥183.3 million ($1.6 million) / 133,390 [302] - Miracle: Devil Claus' Magic and Love (Toho)
¥180.6 million ($1.7 million) / 154,544 [314] - The Expendables 3 (Shochiku)
¥180.5 million ($1.7 million) / 167,300 [408] - Red 2 (Disney)
¥180.3 million ($1.6 million) / 133,887 [318] - As the Gods Will (Toho)
¥179.9 million ($1.7 million) / 130,898 [300] - A Bolt from the Blue (Toho)
¥178.4 million ($1.7 million) / 135,181 [179] - Close Range Love (Toho)
¥176.8 million ($1.7 million) / 152,311 [286] - Cape Nostalgia (Toei)
¥170.6 million ($1.6 million) / 146,563 [298] - Clover (Toho)
¥169.8 million ($1.6 million) / 138,528 [309] - Kamen Rider Gaim the Movie: The Great Soccer Match! (Toei)
¥167.9 million ($1.6 million) / 146,160 [242] - The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
¥167.1 million ($1.5 million) / 136,028 [154] - Beauty and the Beast (Gaga)
¥166.5 million ($1.6 million) / 113,178 [575] - Enchanted Kingdom 3D (Toho-Towa)
¥164.0 million ($1.6 million) / 135,797 [284] - The Liar and His Lover (Toho)
¥163.6 million ($1.6 million) / 124,755 [305] - The Snow White Murder Case (Shochiku)
¥160.3 million ($1.5 million) / 133,344 [300] - The Escape Plan (Gaga)
¥159.6 million ($1.5 million) / 135,801 [246] - Say, "I Love You" (Shochiku)
¥157.9 million ($1.5 million) / 123,795 [258] - Hunter X Hunter: The Final Mission (Toho)
¥157.1 million ($1.5 million) / 98,208 [35] - Mobile Suit Gundam UC: Episode 7 - Over the Rainbow (Shochiku)
¥155.4 million ($1.5 million) / 123,007 [282] - Team Batista: Kerberos's Final Portrait (Toho)
¥154.9 million ($1.5 million) / 129,043 [435] - Planes (Disney)
¥153.6 million ($1.4 million) / 128,647 [330] - A Samurai Chronicle (Toho)
¥149.9 million ($1.4 million) / 81,262 [39] - THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE (Aniplex)
¥149.7 million ($1.4 million) / 127,427 [271] - My Little Nightmare (Toho)
¥147.5 million ($1.4 million) / 112,880 [594] - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Fox)
¥145.6 million ($1.4 million) / 116,253 [327] - Black Butler (Warner Bros.)
¥140.1 million ($1.3 million) / 119,558 [300] - All-Around Appraiser Q: Mona Lisa's Eye (Toho)
¥135.3 million ($1.3 million) / 104,233 [371] - Into the Storm (Warner Bros.)
¥134.0 million ($1.3 million) / 133,243 [304] - Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! (Toei)
¥133.6 million ($1.2 million) / 104,018 [260] - Paper Moon (Shochiku)
¥132.9 million ($1.3 million) / 89,175 [156] - Ushijima the Loan Shark 2 (Toho)
¥130.5 million ($1.3 million) / 73,716 [94] - Tiger & Bunny: The Rising (Shochiku)
¥126.7 million ($1.2 million) / 116,857 [281] - Kiki's Delivery Service (Toei)
¥124.7 million ($1.2 million) / 93,633 [160] - Eight Ranger 2 (Toho)
¥123.4 million ($1.2 million) / 112,798 [471] - Captain Phillips (Sony)
¥122.8 million ($1.2 million) / 112,823 [314] - The Little House (Shochiku)
¥121.7 million ($1.2 million) / 94,250 [198] - Non-Stop (Gaga)
¥121.1 million ($1.2 million) / 98,956 [285] - Silver Spoon (Toho)
¥120.7 million ($1.2 million) / 91,492 [600] - Walking with Dinosaurs (Fox)
¥117.9 million ($1.1 million) / 85,845 [535] - Transcendence (Shochiku/Pony Canyon)
¥112.9 million ($1.1 million) / 92,752 [333] - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Paramount)
¥112.3 million ($1.1 million) / 83,420 [303] - Thirst (Gaga)
¥110.2 million ($1.0 million) / 91,772 [300] - Lady Maiko (Toho)
¥109.2 million ($1.0 million) / 85,074 [138] - Kamen Teacher (Showgate)
¥108.4 million ($1.0 million) / 82,140 [264] - Twilight Sarasa Saya (Warner Bros.)
¥107.0 million ($1.0 million) / 81,862 [310] - Wood Job! (Toho)
¥105.3 million ($1.0 million) / 77,894 [753] - 47 Ronin (Toho-Towa)
¥104.3 million ($1.0 million) / 71,817 [653] - Hercules (Paramount)
¥100.8 million ($1.0 million) / 78,054 [308] - RoboCop (Sony)
¥100.4 million ($1.0 million) / 86,646 [255] - Revenge of the Pomegranate Hill Tree (Shochiku)
¥100.4 million ($1.0 million) / 85,396 [210] - HappinessCharge Precure! The Ballerina of the Land of Dolls (Toei)

¥100 million ↨

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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Top Grossing Films (2014)
Most studios released their top films of the year on Monday, so consider the below chart nearly finalized. As the Gods Will looks to be the only one left that has an ongoing run for 2014 (that's above ¥1 billion).

The MPAJ will announce the full 2014 yearly results, including the final totals, in late January.

A lot of films adjusted up from their last estimate or tracking point, so look be sure to check up on the list. Memories of Marnie, Pokemon 17, and Godzilla saw the biggest gains.


Top Grossing Films - 2014
Gross ¥ ($) / Admissions [Days in Release] - Film (Distributor)

¥25.47 billion ($249.6 million) / 20.02 million [F] - Frozen (Disney) #3 All-Time
¥10 billion
¥8.76 billion ($85.1 million) / 7.16 million [F] - The Eternal Zero (Toho) #47 All-Time
¥8.38 billion ($80.2 million) / 6.31 million [F] - Stand By Me, Doraemon (Toho) #51 All-Time
¥6.53 billion ($63.4 million) / 4.97 million [F] - Maleficent (Disney) #82 All-Time
¥5.21 billion ($49.8 million) / 4.03 million [F] - Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Warner Bros.) #116 All-Time

¥5 billion
¥4.42 billion ($43.4 million) / 3.46 million [F] - Thermae Romae II (Toho) #149 All-Time
¥4.34 billion ($40.5 million) / 3.37 million [F] - Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Warner Bros.)
¥4.26 billion ($41.2 million) / 3.55 million [F] - Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (Toho)
¥4.09 billion ($40.1 million) / 3.29 million [F] - Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension (Toho)
¥3.58 billion ($35.1 million) / 3.27 million [F] - Doraemon: Nobita's Great Demon - Peko and the Exploration Party (Toho)
¥3.53 billion ($34.0 million) / 2.80 million [F] - Memories of Marnie (Toho)
¥3.20 billion ($31.0 million) / 2.23 million [F] - Godzilla (Toho)
¥3.18 billion ($30.6 million) / 2.06 million [F] - Gravity (Warner Bros.)
¥3.12 billion ($30.5 million) / 2.05 million [F] - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony)

¥3 billion
¥2.91 billion ($28.2 million) / 2.69 million [F] - Pokemon XY: The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie (Toho)
¥2.89 billion ($28.0 million) / 1.89 million [F] - Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount)
¥2.47 billion ($23.9 million) / 2.05 million [F] - The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Toho)
¥2.45 billion ($22.8 million) / 1.89 million [F] - Hot Road (Shochiku)
¥2.45 billion ($22.8 million) / 1.88 million [F] - Lupin III (Toho)
¥2.19 billion ($21.2 million) / 1.73 million [F] - The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (Toho)
¥2.15 billion ($20.7 million) / 1.69 million [F] - Partners the Movie 3 (Toei)

¥2 billion
¥1.83 billion ($17.7 million) / 1.53 million [F] - Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes (Toho)
¥1.80 billion ($17.4 million) / 1.39 million [F] - Trick: The Last Stage (Toho)
¥1.78 billion ($17.1 million) / 1.46 million [F] - The Liar and His Lover (Toho)
¥1.57 billion ($15.5 million) / 1.11 million [F] - Edge of Tomorrow (Paramount)
¥1.53 billion ($14.7 million) / 1.22 million [F] - Mission Impossible: Samurai (Shochiku)
¥1.51 billion ($14.8 million) / 1.26 million [F] - I Want to Hold You (Toho)
¥1.42 billion ($12.9 million) / 1.10 million [F] - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Fox)
¥1.40 billion ($13.6 million) / 1.08 million [F] - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros.)
¥1.37 billion ($13.2 million) / 1.12 million [F] - Noah (Paramount)
¥1.17 billion ($10.7 million) / 1.00 million [E] - Cape Nostalgia (Toei)
¥1.14 billion ($11.1 million) / 1.04 million [F] - The Little House (Shochiku)
¥1.14 billion ($11.0 million) / 0.95 million [F] - Planes (Disney)
¥1.14 billion ($11.0 million) / 0.85 million [F] - Crows: Explode (Toho)
¥1.13 billion ($10.3 million) / 0.91 million [E] - Close Range Love (Toho)
¥1.10 billion ($10.8 million) / 0.85 million [F] - A Bolt from the Blue (Toho)
¥1.07 billion ($10.5 million) / 0.88 million [F] - Say, "I Love You" (Shochiku)
¥1.07 billion ($10.1 million) / 0.92 million [F] - A Samurai Chronicle (Toho)
¥1.05 billion ($10.3 million) / 0.78 million [F] - X-Men: Days of Future Past (Fox)
¥1.04 billion ($9.7 million) / 0.83 million [F] - Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney)
¥1.03 billion ($9.0 million) / 0.79 million [23] - As the Gods Will (Toho)
¥1.02 billion ($9.9 million) / 0.85 million [F] - Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard (Toei)
¥1.01 billion ($9.8 million) / 0.79 million [F] - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Fox)
¥1.01 billion ($9.5 million) / 0.75 million [E] - Lucy (Toho-Towa)
¥1.01 billion ($9.0 million) / 0.81 million [E] - Beauty and the Beast (Gaga)[/highlight]
¥1.00 billion ($9.8 million) / 0.83 million [F] - Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (Toei)

¥1 billion

[E] = End of Tracking
[F] = Final Estimate/Total Released

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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Best Multipliers 2014
Best Multipliers of 2014

Requirements to Chart:
*Opening above ¥100 million (~$1 million)
*4+ weeks in release


x33.34 - Frozen
x16.15 - The Eternal Zero
x10.92 - Stand By Me, Doraemon
x10.85 - The Liar and His Lover
x10.50 - Gravity
x9.44 - Maleficent
x9.31 - Memories of Marnie
x9.27 - The Little House
x9.01 - Thermae Romae II
x8.81 - Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno
x8.69 - The Tale of Princess Kaguya
x7.83 - Partners the Movie 3
x7.76 - The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji
x7.49 - Mission Impossible: Samurai!
x7.42 - The Amazing Spider-Man 2
x7.39 - Pokemon XY: The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie
x7.29 - Planes
x7.14 - Walking with Dinosaurs
x6.84 - A Samurai Chronicle
x6.78 - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
x6.70 - Say, "I Love You"
x6.67 - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
x6.61 - Cape Nostalgia
x6.55 - Lupin III vs. Detective Conan
x6.50 - A Bolt from the Blue
x6.48 - Lady Maiko
x6.44 - Silver Spoon
x6.33 - Close Range Love
x6.30 - Hot Road
x6.29 - Godzilla
x6.09 - Edge of Tomorrow
x6.04 - Beauty and the Beast
x6.03 - Thirst
x5.96 - Doraemon: Nobita's Great Demon - Peko and the Exploration Party
x5.91 - Transformers: Age of Extinction
x5.88 - Noah
x5.87 - Revenge of the Pomegranate Hill Tree
x5.81 - The Snow White Murder Case
x5.72 - As the Gods Will [5 Weeks in Release]
x5.52 - Lupin III
x5.47 - I Want to Hold You
x5.43 - Trick: The Last Stage
x5.42 - Wood Job!
x5.38 - Crayon-Shin chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes
x5.27 - HappinessCharge Precure! The Ballerina of the Land of Dolls
x5.18 - Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension
x5.06 - Kamen Rider Gain the Movie: The Great Soccer Match!
x5.05 - Lucy
x4.97 - Pretty Cure All Stars: New Stage 3
x4.94 - The Wolf of Wall Street
x4.92 - Enchanted Kingdom 3D
x4.91 - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
x4.88 - Clover
x4.86 - Eight Ranger 2
x4.80 - Captain Phillips
x4.79 - Team Batista: Kerberos's Final Portrait
x4.70 - Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends
x4.68 - Monsterz
x4.64 - Guardians of the Galaxy
x4.62 - Interstellar [4 Weeks in Release]
x4.60 - Tiger & Bunny: The Rising
x4.56 - Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard
x4.53 - Red 2
x4.48 - Ushijima the Loan Shark 2
x4.47 - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
x4.36 - The Escape Plan
x4.31 - Twilight Sarasa Saya ht]
x4.21 - My Little Nightmare
x4.07 - Transcendence
x4.04 - Hercules
x4.03 - All-Around Appraiser Q: Mona Lisa's Eye
x4.01 - Black Butler
x3.96 - Robocop
x3.88 - Crows: Explode
x3.85 - X-Men: Days of Future Past
x3.85 - Miracle: Devil Claus' Love and Magic [4 Weeks in Release]
x3.84 - Into the Storm
x3.84 - Hensei Rider vs Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentei
x3.83 - Non-Stop
x3.79 - 47 Ronin
x3.75 - Kiki's Delivery Service
x3.69 - The Expendables 3
x3.60 - The IDOLM@STER Movie
x3.53 - Thor: The Dark World
x3.53 - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
x3.39 - Kamen Teacher the Movie
x3.23 - Mobile Suit Gundam UC: Episode 7 - Over the Rainbow
x3.09 - Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle



Best Multipliers (Wide-Releases) [1998-]
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01. 33.34 - Frozen (Mar., 2014)
02. 30.37 - Spirited Away (July, 2001)
03. 26.99 - Princess Mononoke (July, 1997)
04. 26.13 - Avatar (Dec., 2009)
05. 23.21 - Departures (Sept., 2008)
06. 19.96 - Les Miserabes (Dec., 2012)
07. 16.44 - The Cat Returns (July, 2002)
08. 16.15 - The Eternal Zero (Dec., 2013)
09. 15.69 - Monsters, Inc. (Mar., 2002)
10. 15.18 - The Last Samurai (Dec., 2003)
11. 14.98 - Ponyo (July, 2008)
12. 14.84 - Howl's Moving Castle (Nov., 2004)
13. 14.81 - Always: Sunset on Third Street (Nov., 2005)
14. 14.25 - Confessions (June, 2010)
15. 13.96 - Bayside Shakedown: Save the Rainbow Bridge! (July, 2003)
16. 13.83 - Thermae Romae (Apr., 2012)
17. 13.64 - Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World (May, 2004)
18. 13.09 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Dec., 2001)
19. 12.98 - Summer Wars (Aug., 2009)
20. 12.88 - Ted (Jan., 2013)
21. 12.51 - The Wind Rises (July, 2013)
22. 12.50 - The Phantom of the Opera (Jan., 2005)
23. 12.48 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Aug., 2003)
24. 12.24 - Finding Nemo (Dec., 2003)
25. 11.56 - The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (July, 2012)

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With 4 days to go until Yo-kai Watch aims for an all-time opening weekend record, here is how it compares to 2012's One Piece Film Z which broke the domestic all-time opening weekend record in admissions (and ranks #12 all-time):

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Sell-Out Watch (Saturday, Dec. 20th):


TOHO CINEMAS KINSHICHO
One Piece (Screen 2 - 450 seats / Screen 4 - 223 seats)
Screen 2 - 08:30 (Half-Full); 14:40 (Few Left); 17:25 (Plenty Left); 20:10 (Plenty Left); 22:50 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 12:00 (Few Left)
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 2 - 450 seats)
Screen 4 - 09:00 (SOLD OUT); 11:25 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (Few Left); 16:15 (Few Left); 18:40 (Few Left); 21:05 (Plenty Left); 23:30 (Plenty Left)

TOHO CINEMAS EBINA
One Piece (Screen 1 - 630 seats / Screen 5 - 165 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Half-Full); 10:30 (Half-Full); 13:00 (Plenty Left); 15:30 (Plenty Left); 18:00 (Plenty Left; 20:30 (Plenty Left); 23:00 (Plenty Left)
Screen 5 - 09:00 (Half-Full); 11:30 (Plenty Left); 14:00 (Plenty Left); 16:30 (Plenty Left)
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 630)
Screen 1 - 08:40 (SOLD OUT); 11:10 (SOLD OUT); 13:40 (Few Left); 16:10 (Few Left); 18:40 (Plenty Left); 21:10 (Plenty Left)

TOHO CINEMAS UMEDA
One Piece (Screen 1 - 747 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Few Left); 10:35 (Few Left); 13:10 (Few Left); 15:45 (Half-Full); 18:15 (Plenty Left); 20:45 (Plenty Left)
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 747 seats / Screen 3 - 470 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:20 (Half-Full); 10:40 (Few Left); 13:00 (Half-Full); 15:20 (Plenty Left); 17:40 (Plenty Left ); 20:00 (Plenty Left)
Screen 3 - 07:20 (Plenty Left)

UMEDA BURG 7
One Piece (Screen 1 - 441 seats)
Screen 1 - 00:00 (Half-Full); 08:00 (Half-Full); 10:30 (Half-Full); 13:00 (Half-Full); 15:30 (Half-Full); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:10 (Plenty Left); 22:30 (Plenty Left)
Yo-kai Watch: (Screen 1 - 441 seats)
Screen 1 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (Half-Full); 11:20 (Half-Full); 13:30 (Plenty Left); 15:40 (Plenty Left); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left)

SHINJUKU WALD 9
One Piece (Screen 9 - 429 seats / (Screen 6 - 405 seats)
Screen 9 - 00:00 (Half-Full); 02:30 (Half-Full)
Screen 6 - 01:30 (Half-Full)
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 9 - 429 seats)
Screen 9 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (Half-Full); 11:20 (Few Left); 13:30 (Half-Full); 15:40 (Half-Full); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left); 22:10 (Plenty Left); 00:20 (Plenty Left); 02:30 (Plenty Left)

CINECITTA
One Piece (Screen 8 - 532 seats)
Screen 8 - 00:00 (Half-Full); 09:15 (Few Left); 11:55 (Half-Full); 14:50 (Half-Full); 18:15 (Half-Full); 20:55 (Half-Full); 23:35 (Half-Full)
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 8 - 532 seats / Screen 11 - 407 seats)
Screen 8 - 09:35 (Few Left); 12:00 (SOLD OUT); 14:25 (Few Left); 15:50 (Half-Full); 19:15 (Half-Full)
Screen 11 - 08:30 (Few Left); 10:55 (SOLD OUT); 13:20 (Few Left); 15:45 (Few Left); 20:45 (Half-Full); 23:10 (Plenty Left)

SAITAMA MOVIX
One Piece (Screen 7 - 117 seats / Screen 12 - 502 seats)
Screen 7 - 13:00 (Half-Full)
Screen 12 - 09:20 (Plenty Left); 11:50 (Half-Full); 14:20 (Plenty Left); 16:50 (Plenty Left); 19:15 (Plenty Left); 21:45 (Plenty Left)
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 297 seats / Screen 4 - 118 seats / Screen 6 - 116 seats / Screen 12 - 502 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Half-Full); 10:20 (Few Left); 12:40 (Half-Full); 15:00 (Plenty Left);
Screen 4 - 07:00 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 6 - 07:30 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 12 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:20 (Few Left); 11:40 (Few Left); 14:00 (Few Left); 16:20 (Plenty Left); 18:40 (Plenty Left); 21:00 (Plenty Left)

MIYOSHI MOVIX
One Piece (Screen 10 - 519 seats / Screen 11 - 155 seats)
Screen 10 - 09:40 (Plenty Left); 12:30 (Half-Full); 15:10 (Half-Full); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:30 (Plenty Left)
Screen 11 - 18:30 (Plenty Left)
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 10 - 519 seats) / Screen 1 - 420 seats)
Screen 1 - 10:30 (SOLD OUT); 13:00 (Few Left); 15:30 (Few Left); 18:00 (Few Left); 20:30 (Few Left)
Screen 10 - 08:50 (SOLD OUT); 11:20 (SOLD OUT); 13:30 (SOLD OUT); 16:20 (Few Left); 18:50 (Few Left); 21:10 (Plenty Left)

SENDAI MOVIX
One Piece (Screen 3 - 231 seats / Screen 5 - 383 seats)
Screen 3 - 12:50 (Half-Full)
Screen 5 - 09:10 (Half-Full); 11:30 (Plenty Left); 13:50 (Plenty Left); 16:10 (Plenty Left); 18:30 (Plenty Left); 20:50 (Plenty Left)
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 3 - 231 seats) / Screen 5 - 383 seats)
Screen 3 - 07:30 (Few Left); 09:35 (SOLD OUT); 11:45 (Few Left); 18:10 (Plenty Left); 20:40 (Plenty Left)
Screen 5 - 08:20 (Few Left); 10:30 (Few Left); 12:40 (Few Left); 14:50 (Few Left); 17:00 (Plenty Left); 19:05 (Plenty Left); 21:15 (Plenty Left)


I've tracked these specific theaters since 2011 and Yo-kai Watch is clearly way ahead of One Piece Film Z at the same point in time, and it's just not these locations either. Almost every location looks like the situation above and Sunday is looking just as strong, and possibly stronger once we get to that point. AND... it'll be playing in 15% more theaters than One Piece Film Z did!

No film has ever sold over 1.5 million tickets opening weekend, but Yokai Watch looks to make a serious play at it this weekend.

Top 25 All-Time Opening Weekends [ADMISSIONS]
Admissions [Screen Count] - Film (Distributor)
01 :: 1,486,743 [631] - The Matrix Reloaded (Warner Bros.)
02 :: 1,469,755 [796] - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros.)
03 :: 1,467,945 [919] - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.)
04 :: 1,421,738 [760] - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Disney)
05 :: 1,390,446 [858] - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros.)
06 :: 1,359,454 [826] - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros.)
07 :: 1,357,977 [758] - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Fox)
08 :: 1,279,120 [578] - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Warner Bros.)
09 :: 1,198,210 [729] - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Herald/Shochiku)
10 :: 1,190,009 [841] - War of the Worlds (Paramount)
11 :: 1,186,413 [881] - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Disney)
12 :: 1,140,081 [300] - One Piece Film Z (Toei)
13 :: 1,138,689 [639] - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Fox)
14 :: 1,110,913 [638] - The Matrix Revolutions (Warner Bros.)
15 :: 1,104,980 [448] - Howl's Moving Castle (Toho)
16 :: 1,043,267 [550] - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Toho-Towa)
17 :: 987,387 [428] - Rookies (Toho)
18 :: 930,586 [408] - Bayside Shakedown: Save the Rainbow Bridge! (Toho)
19 :: 923,711 [863] - The Da Vinci Code (Sony)
20 :: 921,341 [807] - Spider-Man 3 (Sony)
21 :: 880,697 [922] - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (Warner Bros.)
22 :: 828,149 [859] - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
23 :: 819,738 [190] - One Piece Film Strong World (Toei)
24 :: 812,557 [481] - Ponyo on a Cliff (Toho)
25 :: 810,000 [318] - Spirited Away (Toho)

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Post Re: JP Box-Office: Yo-Kai Watch (Sell-Out Watch)
3 Days to Go!

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Yo-kai Watch
Sell-Out Watch (Saturday, Dec. 20th):


TOHO CINEMAS KINSHICHO
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 2 - 450 seats / Screen 4 - 223 seats)
Screen 2 - 09:00 (SOLD OUT); 11:25 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (SOLD OUT); 16:15 (Few Left); 18:40 (Few Left); 21:05 (Plenty Left); 23:30 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 09:40 (Few Left)

TOHO CINEMAS EBINA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 630 / Screen 2 - 305 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:40 (SOLD OUT); 11:10 (SOLD OUT); 13:40 (SOLD OUT); 16:10 (Few Left); 18:40 (Half-Full); 21:10 (Plenty Left)
Screen 2 - 09:40 (/); 12:10 (/); 14:40 (/); 17:10 (/); 19:40 (/)

TOHO CINEMAS UMEDA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 747 seats / Screen 3 - 470 seats / Screen 4 - 91 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:20 (Half-Full); 10:40 (Few Left); 13:00 (Half-Full); 15:20 (Half-Full); 17:40 (Plenty Left ); 20:00 (Plenty Left)
Screen 3 - 07:20 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 09:40 (/); 12:00 (/); 14:20 (/); 16:40 (/)

UMEDA BURG 13
Yo-kai Watch: (Screen 7 - 441 seats)
Screen 7 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (Few Left); 11:20 (Half-Full); 13:30 (Plenty Left); 15:40 (Plenty Left); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left)

SHINJUKU WALD 9
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 9 - 429 seats)
Screen 9 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (Few Left); 11:20 (Few Left); 13:30 (Few Left); 15:40 (Half-Full); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left); 22:10 (Plenty Left); 00:20 (Plenty Left); 02:30 (Plenty Left)

CINECITTA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 8 - 532 seats / Screen 11 - 407 seats)
Screen 8 - 09:35 (Few Left); 12:00 (SOLD OUT); 14:25 (Few Left); 16:50 (Few Left); 19:15 (Half-Full)
Screen 11 - 08:30 (Few Left); 10:55 (SOLD OUT); 13:20 (Few Left); 15:45 (Few Left); 20:45 (Half-Full); 23:10 (Plenty Left)

SAITAMA MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 297 seats / Screen 4 - 118 seats / Screen 6 - 116 seats / Screen 12 - 502 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Half-Full); 10:20 (Few Left); 12:40 (Few Left); 15:00 (Few Left);
Screen 4 - 07:00 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 6 - 07:30 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 12 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:20 (Few Left); 11:40 (Few Left); 14:00 (Few Left); 16:20 (Half-Full); 18:40 (Plenty Left); 21:00 (Plenty Left)

MIYOSHI MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 10 - 519 seats) / Screen 1 - 420 seats)
Screen 1 - 10:30 (SOLD OUT); 13:00 (SOLD OUT); 15:30 (SOLD OUT); 18:00 (Few Left); 20:30 (Few Left)
Screen 10 - 08:50 (SOLD OUT); 11:20 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (SOLD OUT); 16:20 (Few Left); 18:50 (Few Left); 21:10 (Plenty Left)

SENDAI MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 3 - 231 seats) / Screen 5 - 383 seats)
Screen 3 - 07:30 (Few Left); 09:35 (SOLD OUT); 11:45 (Few Left)
Screen 5 - 08:20 (Few Left); 10:30 (Few Left); 12:40 (Few Left); 14:50 (Few Left); 17:00 (Plenty Left); 19:05 (Plenty Left); 21:15 (Plenty Left)


Same Locations, Same Point in Time
21,088 (+68%) - Yo-kai Watch
12,576 - One Piece Film Z

It's looking more and more likely that Yo-Kai Watch is going to break the long-standing (11+ years) All-Time Weekend Record based on this data. A lot of theaters are beginning to add more screens since they're nearly booked for Saturday (and Sunday, too). Any showtimes with a (/) next to it were recently added.

It's already sold over 1.1 million tickets in advance, the most in history, and it's outpacing One Piece Film Z by a significant amount before release. And by comparison, One Piece Film Z sold 650,000 tickets in advance.

Top 25 All-Time Opening Weekends [ADMISSIONS]
Admissions [Screen Count] - Film (Distributor)
01 :: 1,486,743 [631] - The Matrix Reloaded (Warner Bros.)
02 :: 1,469,755 [796] - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros.)
03 :: 1,467,945 [919] - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.)
04 :: 1,421,738 [760] - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Disney)
05 :: 1,390,446 [858] - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros.)
06 :: 1,359,454 [826] - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros.)
07 :: 1,357,977 [758] - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Fox)
08 :: 1,279,120 [578] - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Warner Bros.)
09 :: 1,198,210 [729] - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Herald/Shochiku)
10 :: 1,190,009 [841] - War of the Worlds (Paramount)
11 :: 1,186,413 [881] - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Disney)
12 :: 1,140,081 [300] - One Piece Film Z (Toei)
13 :: 1,138,689 [639] - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Fox)
14 :: 1,110,913 [638] - The Matrix Revolutions (Warner Bros.)
15 :: 1,104,980 [448] - Howl's Moving Castle (Toho)
16 :: 1,043,267 [550] - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Toho-Towa)
17 :: 987,387 [428] - Rookies (Toho)
18 :: 930,586 [408] - Bayside Shakedown: Save the Rainbow Bridge! (Toho)
19 :: 923,711 [863] - The Da Vinci Code (Sony)
20 :: 921,341 [807] - Spider-Man 3 (Sony)
21 :: 880,697 [922] - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (Warner Bros.)
22 :: 828,149 [859] - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
23 :: 819,738 [190] - One Piece Film Strong World (Toei)
24 :: 812,557 [481] - Ponyo (Toho)
25 :: 810,000 [318] - Spirited Away (Toho)

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Post Re: JP Box-Office: Yo-Kai Watch (Sell-Out Watch)
2 Days to Go!

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Yo-kai Watch
Sell-Out Watch (Saturday, Dec. 20th):


TOHO CINEMAS KINSHICHO
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 2 - 450 seats / Screen 4 - 223 seats)
Screen 2 - 09:00 (SOLD OUT); 11:25 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (SOLD OUT); 16:15 (SOLD OUT); 18:40 (Few Left); 21:05 (Plenty Left); 23:30 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 09:40 (Few Left)

TOHO CINEMAS EBINA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 630 seats / Screen 2 - 305 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:40 (SOLD OUT); 11:10 (SOLD OUT); 13:40 (SOLD OUT); 16:10 (Few Left); 18:40 (Half-Full); 21:10 (Plenty Left)
Screen 2 - 09:40 (Half-Full); 12:10 (Plenty Left); 14:40 (Plenty Left); 17:10 (Plenty Left); 19:40 (Plenty Left)

TOHO CINEMAS UMEDA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 747 seats / Screen 3 - 470 seats / Screen 4 - 99 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:20 (Half-Full); 10:40 (Few Left); 13:00 (Few Left); 15:20 (Half-Full); 17:40 (Plenty Left ); 20:00 (Plenty Left)
Screen 3 - 07:20 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 09:40 (Plenty Left); 12:00 (Plenty Left); 14:20 (Plenty Left); 16:40 (Plenty Left)

UMEDA BURG 13
Yo-kai Watch: (Screen 1 - 400 seats / Screen 7 - 441 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Half-Full)
Screen 7 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (Few Left); 11:20 (Few Left); 13:30 (Half-Full); 15:40 (Plenty Left); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left)

SHINJUKU WALD 9
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 6 - 405 seats / Screen 9 - 429 seats)
Screen 6 - 08:00 (Half-Full)
Screen 9 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (SOLD OUT); 11:20 (Few Left); 13:30 (Few Left); 15:40 (Few Left); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left); 22:10 (Plenty Left); 00:20 (Plenty Left); 02:30 (Plenty Left)

CINECITTA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 8 - 532 seats / Screen 11 - 407 seats)
Screen 8 - 09:35 (Few Left); 12:00 (SOLD OUT); 14:25 (Few Left); 16:50 (Few Left); 19:15 (Half-Full)
Screen 11 - 08:30 (Few Left); 10:55 (SOLD OUT); 13:20 (Few Left); 15:45 (Few Left); 20:45 (Half-Full); 23:10 (Plenty Left)

SAITAMA MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 297 seats / Screen 4 - 118 seats / Screen 6 - 116 seats / Screen 12 - 502 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Few Left); 10:20 (Few Left); 12:40 (Few Left); 15:00 (Few Left);
Screen 4 - 07:00 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 6 - 07:30 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 12 - 07:00 (Few Left); 09:20 (Few Left); 11:40 (Few Left); 14:00 (Few Left); 16:20 (Half-Full); 18:40 (Plenty Left); 21:00 (Plenty Left)

MIYOSHI MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 10 - 519 seats) / Screen 1 - 420 seats)
Screen 1 - 10:30 (SOLD OUT); 13:00 (SOLD OUT); 15:30 (SOLD OUT); 18:00 (Few Left); 20:30 (Few Left)
Screen 10 - 08:50 (SOLD OUT); 11:20 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (SOLD OUT); 16:20 (SOLD OUT); 18:50 (Few Left); 21:10 (Plenty Left)

SENDAI MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 3 - 231 seats) / Screen 5 - 383 seats)
Screen 3 - 07:30 (Few Left); 09:35 (SOLD OUT); 11:45 (Few Left)
Screen 5 - 08:20 (Few Left); 10:30 (Few Left); 12:40 (Few Left); 14:50 (Few Left); 17:00 (Few LEft); 19:05 (Plenty Left); 21:15 (Plenty Left)


Same Point in Time (Thursday @ Noon)
25,355 (+45%) - Yo-kai Watch
17,499 - One Piece Film Z

We've estimated that ~60% of Saturday's available tickets across all of its theaters (~1.2/1.3 million seats) are now sold. So it should have nearly 700,000 admissions (maybe more) already for Saturday alone. There's going to be very few who can get a ticket at the door.

Distributor Toho should release another official report before it opens.

A lot of the Movix Cinemas, including those above, are also becoming nearly sold out (Miyoshi practically is now). All of those "Few Left" showtimes you see have less than 50 or so seats available. There should be a large increase in "Sold Out" showtimes by tomorrow.

And yesterday's newly added screens/showtimes began online sales this morning, so a large increase should be expected with tomorrow's update, too.

Top 25 All-Time Opening Weekends [ADMISSIONS]
Admissions [Screen Count] - Film (Distributor)
01 :: 1,486,743 [631] - The Matrix Reloaded (Warner Bros.)
02 :: 1,469,755 [796] - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros.)
03 :: 1,467,945 [919] - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.)
04 :: 1,421,738 [760] - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Disney)
05 :: 1,390,446 [858] - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros.)
06 :: 1,359,454 [826] - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros.)
07 :: 1,357,977 [758] - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Fox)
08 :: 1,279,120 [578] - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Warner Bros.)
09 :: 1,198,210 [729] - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Herald/Shochiku)
10 :: 1,190,009 [841] - War of the Worlds (Paramount)
11 :: 1,186,413 [881] - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Disney)
12 :: 1,140,081 [300] - One Piece Film Z (Toei)
13 :: 1,138,689 [639] - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Fox)
14 :: 1,110,913 [638] - The Matrix Revolutions (Warner Bros.)
15 :: 1,104,980 [448] - Howl's Moving Castle (Toho)
16 :: 1,043,267 [550] - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Toho-Towa)
17 :: 987,387 [428] - Rookies (Toho)
18 :: 930,586 [408] - Bayside Shakedown: Save the Rainbow Bridge! (Toho)
19 :: 923,711 [863] - The Da Vinci Code (Sony)
20 :: 921,341 [807] - Spider-Man 3 (Sony)
21 :: 880,697 [922] - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (Warner Bros.)
22 :: 828,149 [859] - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
23 :: 819,738 [190] - One Piece Film Strong World (Toei)
24 :: 812,557 [481] - Ponyo (Toho)
25 :: 810,000 [318] - Spirited Away (Toho)

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Post Re: JP Box-Office: Yo-Kai Watch (Sell-Out Watch)
1 Day to Go!

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Yo-kai Watch
Sell-Out Watch (Saturday, Dec. 20th):


TOHO CINEMAS KINSHICHO
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 2 - 450 seats / Screen 4 - 223 seats)
Screen 2 - 09:00 (SOLD OUT); 11:25 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (SOLD OUT); 16:15 (SOLD OUT); 18:40 (SOLD OUT); 21:05 (Plenty Left); 23:30 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 09:40 (SOLD OUT)

TOHO CINEMAS EBINA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 630 seats / Screen 2 - 305 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:40 (SOLD OUT); 11:10 (SOLD OUT); 13:40 (SOLD OUT); 16:10 (Few Left); 18:40 (Few Left); 21:10 (Plenty Left)
Screen 2 - 09:40 (Few Left); 12:10 (Half-Full); 14:40 (Half-Full); 17:10 (Plenty Left); 19:40 (Plenty Left)

TOHO CINEMAS UMEDA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 747 seats / Screen 3 - 470 seats / Screen 4 - 99 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:20 (Half-Full); 10:40 (Few Left); 13:00 (Few Left); 15:20 (Half-Full); 17:40 (Plenty Left ); 20:00 (Plenty Left)
Screen 3 - 07:20 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 09:40 (Half-Full); 12:00 (Plenty Left); 14:20 (Plenty Left); 16:40 (Plenty Left)

UMEDA BURG 13
Yo-kai Watch: (Screen 1 - 400 seats / Screen 7 - 441 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Half-Full)
Screen 7 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (Few Left); 11:20 (Few Left); 13:30 (Half-Full); 15:40 (Plenty Left); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left)

SHINJUKU WALD 9
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 6 - 405 seats / Screen 9 - 429 seats)
Screen 6 - 08:00 (Half-Full)
Screen 9 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (SOLD OUT); 11:20 (Few Left); 13:30 (SOLD OUT); 15:40 (SOLD OUT); 17:50 (Half-Full); 20:00 (Plenty Left); 22:10 (Plenty Left); 00:20 (Plenty Left); 02:30 (Plenty Left)

CINECITTA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 8 - 532 seats / Screen 11 - 407 seats)
Screen 8 - 09:35 (Few Left); 12:00 (SOLD OUT); 14:25 (Few Left); 16:50 (Few Left); 19:15 (Half-Full)
Screen 11 - 08:30 (Few Left); 10:55 (SOLD OUT); 13:20 (Few Left); 15:45 (Few Left); 20:45 (Half-Full); 23:10 (Plenty Left)

SAITAMA MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 297 seats / Screen 4 - 118 seats / Screen 6 - 116 seats / Screen 12 - 502 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Few Left); 10:20 (SOLD OUT); 12:40 (Few Left); 15:00 (Few Left)
Screen 4 - 07:00 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 6 - 07:30 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 12 - 07:00 (Few Left); 09:20 (Few Left); 11:40 (Few Left); 14:00 (Few Left); 16:20 (Few Left); 18:40 (Plenty Left); 21:00 (Plenty Left)

MIYOSHI MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 10 - 519 seats) / Screen 1 - 420 seats)
Screen 1 - 10:30 (SOLD OUT); 13:00 (SOLD OUT); 15:30 (SOLD OUT); 18:00 (SOLD OUT); 20:30 (Few Left)
Screen 10 - 08:50 (SOLD OUT); 11:20 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (SOLD OUT); 16:20 (SOLD OUT); 18:50 (SOLD OUT); 21:10 (Plenty Left)

SENDAI MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 3 - 231 seats) / Screen 5 - 383 seats)
Screen 3 - 07:30 (Few Left); 09:35 (SOLD OUT); 11:45 (Few Left)
Screen 5 - 08:20 (Few Left); 10:30 (Few Left); 12:40 (Few Left); 14:50 (Few Left); 17:00 (Few LEft); 19:05 (Plenty Left); 21:15 (Plenty Left)


Same Point in Time (Friday @ Noon)
28,661/40,834 (70.2%) - Yo-kai Watch (2014)
21,745/35,427 (61.3%) - One Piece Film Z (2012)

One Piece Film Z reportedly sold out 70% of its Saturday showtimes (as the day progressed), and Yo-kai Watch looks to be pretty close to that with 8 hours before its first showings begin.

It's probably safe to assume it's going to sell out at least 80/85% of its Saturday showtimes. Basically every showtime up to 9PM will be sold out across the country.

Right now, I'm predicting around 800-850,000 admissions on Saturday. Sunday should be just as strong as it's barely weaker than Saturday already (and kid films always perform better on Sundays), so I'm thinking an opening weekend of 1.6-1.8 million admissions as an early projection. It could potentially smash the opening weekend record rather than come close or barely claim it.

Toho should release something before it opens.

Top 25 All-Time Opening Weekends [ADMISSIONS]
Admissions [Screen Count] - Film (Distributor)
01 :: 1,486,743 [631] - The Matrix Reloaded (Warner Bros.)
02 :: 1,469,755 [796] - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros.)
03 :: 1,467,945 [919] - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.)
04 :: 1,421,738 [760] - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Disney)
05 :: 1,390,446 [858] - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros.)
06 :: 1,359,454 [826] - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros.)
07 :: 1,357,977 [758] - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Fox)
08 :: 1,279,120 [578] - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Warner Bros.)
09 :: 1,198,210 [729] - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Herald/Shochiku)
10 :: 1,190,009 [841] - War of the Worlds (Paramount)
11 :: 1,186,413 [881] - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Disney)
12 :: 1,140,081 [300] - One Piece Film Z (Toei)
13 :: 1,138,689 [639] - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Fox)
14 :: 1,110,913 [638] - The Matrix Revolutions (Warner Bros.)
15 :: 1,104,980 [448] - Howl's Moving Castle (Toho)
16 :: 1,043,267 [550] - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Toho-Towa)
17 :: 987,387 [428] - Rookies (Toho)
18 :: 930,586 [408] - Bayside Shakedown: Save the Rainbow Bridge! (Toho)
19 :: 923,711 [863] - The Da Vinci Code (Sony)
20 :: 921,341 [807] - Spider-Man 3 (Sony)
21 :: 880,697 [922] - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (Warner Bros.)
22 :: 828,149 [859] - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
23 :: 819,738 [190] - One Piece Film Strong World (Toei)
24 :: 812,557 [481] - Ponyo (Toho)
25 :: 810,000 [318] - Spirited Away (Toho)

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Yo-kai Watch
Sell-Out Watch (Saturday, Dec. 20th):


TOHO CINEMAS KINSHICHO
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 2 - 450 seats / Screen 4 - 223 seats)
Screen 2 - 09:00 (SOLD OUT); 11:25 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (SOLD OUT); 16:15 (SOLD OUT); 18:40 (SOLD OUT); 21:05 (Plenty Left); 23:30 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 09:40 (SOLD OUT)

TOHO CINEMAS EBINA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 630 seats / Screen 2 - 305 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:40 (SOLD OUT); 11:10 (SOLD OUT); 13:40 (SOLD OUT); 16:10 (SOLD OUT); 18:40 (Few Left); 21:10 (Plenty Left)
Screen 2 - 09:40 (SOLD OUT); 12:10 (Few Left); 14:40 (Few Left); 17:10 (Half-Full); 19:40 (Plenty Left)

TOHO CINEMAS UMEDA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 747 seats / Screen 3 - 470 seats / Screen 4 - 99 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:20 (Half-Full); 10:40 (SOLD OUT); 13:00 (Few Left); 15:20 (Half-Full); 17:40 (Plenty Left ); 20:00 (Plenty Left)
Screen 3 - 07:20 (Plenty Left)
Screen 4 - 09:40 (Few Left); 12:00 (Few Left); 14:20 (Few Left); 16:40 (Plenty Left)

UMEDA BURG 13
Yo-kai Watch: (Screen 1 - 400 seats / Screen 7 - 441 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Half-Full)
Screen 7 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (Few Left); 11:20 (Few Left); 13:30 (Half-Full); 15:40 (Plenty Left); 17:50 (Plenty Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left)

SHINJUKU WALD 9
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 6 - 405 seats / Screen 9 - 429 seats)
Screen 6 - 08:00 (Few Left)
Screen 9 - 07:00 (Half-Full); 09:10 (SOLD OUT); 11:20 (SOLD OUT); 13:30 (SOLD OUT); 15:40 (SOLD OUT); 17:50 (Few Left); 20:00 (Plenty Left); 22:10 (Plenty Left); 00:20 (Plenty Left); 02:30 (Plenty Left)

CINECITTA
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 8 - 532 seats / Screen 11 - 407 seats)
Screen 8 - 09:35 (SOLD OUT); 12:00 (SOLD OUT); 14:25 (Few Left); 16:50 (Few Left); 19:15 (Half-Full)
Screen 11 - 08:30 (Few Left); 10:55 (SOLD OUT); 13:20 (Few Left); 15:45 (Few Left); 20:45 (Half-Full); 23:10 (Plenty Left)

SAITAMA MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 1 - 297 seats / Screen 4 - 118 seats / Screen 6 - 116 seats / Screen 12 - 502 seats)
Screen 1 - 08:00 (Few Left); 10:20 (SOLD OUT); 12:40 (Few Left); 15:00 (Few Left)
Screen 4 - 07:00 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 6 - 07:30 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 12 - 07:00 (Few Left); 09:20 (SOLD OUT); 11:40 (Few Left); 14:00 (Few Left); 16:20 (Few Left); 18:40 (Few Left); 21:00 (Plenty Left)

MIYOSHI MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 10 - 519 seats) / Screen 1 - 420 seats)
Screen 1 - 10:30 (SOLD OUT); 13:00 (SOLD OUT); 15:30 (SOLD OUT); 18:00 (SOLD OUT); 20:30 (SOLD OUT)
Screen 10 - 08:50 (SOLD OUT); 11:20 (SOLD OUT); 13:50 (SOLD OUT); 16:20 (SOLD OUT); 18:50 (SOLD OUT); 21:10 (Plenty Left)

SENDAI MOVIX
Yo-kai Watch (Screen 3 - 231 seats) / Screen 5 - 383 seats)
Screen 3 - 07:30 (SOLD OUT); 09:35 (SOLD OUT); 11:45 (Few Left)
Screen 5 - 08:20 (SOLD OUT); 10:30 (Few Left); 12:40 (Few Left); 14:50 (Few Left); 17:00 (Few Left); 19:05 (Plenty Left); 21:15 (Plenty Left)


Same Point in Time (Saturday @ Midnight)
29,981/40,834 (73.4%) - Yo-kai Watch (2014)
23,376/35,427 (66.0%) - One Piece Film Z (2012)

Toho hasn't released any new reports, but they surely will around mid-day tomorrow like they do for most of their big films, and you can't exactly get bigger than this one.

Initial opening weekend prediction is 1.7 million admissions.

Top 25 All-Time Opening Weekends [ADMISSIONS]
Admissions [Screen Count] - Film (Distributor)
01 :: 1,486,743 [631] - The Matrix Reloaded (Warner Bros.)
02 :: 1,469,755 [796] - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros.)
03 :: 1,467,945 [919] - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.)
04 :: 1,421,738 [760] - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Disney)
05 :: 1,390,446 [858] - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros.)
06 :: 1,359,454 [826] - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros.)
07 :: 1,357,977 [758] - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Fox)
08 :: 1,279,120 [578] - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Warner Bros.)
09 :: 1,198,210 [729] - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Herald/Shochiku)
10 :: 1,190,009 [841] - War of the Worlds (Paramount)
11 :: 1,186,413 [881] - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Disney)
12 :: 1,140,081 [300] - One Piece Film Z (Toei)
13 :: 1,138,689 [639] - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Fox)
14 :: 1,110,913 [638] - The Matrix Revolutions (Warner Bros.)
15 :: 1,104,980 [448] - Howl's Moving Castle (Toho)
16 :: 1,043,267 [550] - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Toho-Towa)
17 :: 987,387 [428] - Rookies (Toho)
18 :: 930,586 [408] - Bayside Shakedown: Save the Rainbow Bridge! (Toho)
19 :: 923,711 [863] - The Da Vinci Code (Sony)
20 :: 921,341 [807] - Spider-Man 3 (Sony)
21 :: 880,697 [922] - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (Warner Bros.)
22 :: 828,149 [859] - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
23 :: 819,738 [190] - One Piece Film Strong World (Toei)
24 :: 812,557 [481] - Ponyo (Toho)
25 :: 810,000 [318] - Spirited Away (Toho)

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8 hours before the first showings begin, here is the showtime breakdown at the 9 locations above:

Yo-Kai Watch (2014)
SOLD OUT: 36/91 (39.6%)
Few Seats Left: 29/91 (31.9%)
Half-Full: 9/91 (9.9%)
Plenty Seats Left: 17/91 (18.7%)

One Piece Film Z (2012):
SOLD OUT: 23/78 (29.5%)
Few Seats Left: 14/78 (17.9%)
Half Full: 16/78 (20.5%)
Plenty Seats Left: 25/78 (33.3%)

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I've seen better. :mer:

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Yo-Kai Watch is finally here!

Dream5 and King Cream Soda put together a special video for the movie, performing their #1 singles from the Yo-Kai Watch television show:


There are already reports of standing times outside of theaters lasting over an hour; people having to wait 35 minutes to reach the concessions stand once inside the theaters, and much more chaos.


The pictures below are from some of the early morning showings most theaters added to just for Yo-Kai Watch this weekend:

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It's also estimated that 85% of all seats in the country are already full until the night showings.

Opening Weekend Record here we come? I'll post the Weekend Forecast in an hour or so. Big Hero 6 also opens this weekend, but it's become an afterthought with all the pandemonium surrpunding Yo-Kai Watch.

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Weekend Forecast (12/20-21)

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01 (--) ¥2.3 billion ($19.3 million), 0, ¥2.3 billion ($19.3 million), Yo-Kai Watch: It's The Secret of Birth, Nyan! (Toho) NEW
02 (--) ¥440 million ($3.7 million), 0, ¥440 million ($3.7 million), Big Hero 6 (Disney) NEW

03 (--) ¥210 million ($1.8 million), 0, ¥210 million ($1.8 million), The Vancouver Asahi (Toho) NEW
04 (01) ¥174 million ($1.5 million), -39%, ¥750 million ($6.5 million), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros.) Week 2
05 (02) ¥165 million ($1.4 million), -32%, ¥740 million ($6.4 million), Ao Haru Ride (Toho) Week 2
06 (03) ¥157 million ($1.3 million), -35%, ¥1.41 billion ($12.1 million), The Last: Naruto the Movie (Toho) Week 3
07 (04) ¥112 million ($1.0 million), -45%, ¥450 million ($3.9 million), Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Gaim & Drive: Full Throttle (Toei) Week 2
08 (05) ¥103 million ($0.89 million), -40%, ¥360 million ($3.1 million), Aikatsu! The Movie (Toei) Week 2
09 (06) ¥94 million ($0.81 million), -38%, ¥1.37 billion ($11.8 million), Parasyte Part 1 (Toho) Week 4
10 (07) ¥89 million ($0.77 million), -42%, ¥440 million ($3.8 million), Gone Girl (Fox) Week 2

>Yo-Kai Watch: It's the Secret of Birth, Nyan!, the first film in the massively popular Yo-Kai Watch multimedia franchise, is making a serious play at the setting a new All-Time Opening Weekend Record. It might even be hard to miss breaking the old record set by The Matrix Reloaded in 2003(!).

I'd almost call it a lock for the All-Time Opening Weekend in Admissions at this point. 2 million admissions over the weekend sounds completely ridiculous when 1 million admissions is very rare (just 1 film has even done that since 2007), and no film has ever sold more than 1.5 million tickets on opening weekend.... but it's honestly looking very, very likely that Yo-Kai Watch will shatter this record.

And Saturday and Sunday are so packed (literally every showtime across the country is selling out, I can't find any that hasn't yet), that some showtimes are nearly sold on Monday and Tuesday already. Maybe the film has ¥10 billion+ ($100 million) potential.

>Big Hero 6 is being dwarfed, but its doing quite well all on its own (though it's definitely benefiting from Yo-Kai Watch sell outs, too). It's not going to be another Frozen, that's for sure, but it looks like it may compare to some of Pixar's efforts like Wall-E or Up.

>The Vancouver Asahi, telling the story of the Japanese-Canadian baseball team formed in 1914, looks to be doing alright and is a solid alternative to any adults that wander into the madness of this weekend. If they aren't already taking their kids to see Yo-Kai Watch that is. :mer:

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I love it when films in Japan have US-level opening weekends, and remember their weekends are just 2 days. Awesome.

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It looks to be one for the history books. It's practically doing the max capacity that the Japanese box-office allows a film to do in one weekend. Almost every theater is sold out for the entire weekend (with the spillover already causing Monday and Tuesday showtimes to sell out).

It's also doing all of this in just 347 theaters (about the max any films gets in Japan). I don't know if many are aware, but theater counts in Japan typically max out around 350.

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That's really astonishing. What's the PTA going to be??? The thing is, with Japanese box office is that not only will it get a big opening, but its legs will be good too, so it's guaranteed TONS OF MONEY.

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A lot. I don't know if any opening record, whether its gross, admissions, PTA, etc. is safe this weekend.

Theaters have warned customers to show up 2 hours before their showing. And if you didn't buy a ticket in advance or hours before your showing, you're pretty much screwed because every showing is sold out/nearly sold out, and you'd need to wait until Monday/Tuesday or later.

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It's also very strange that this film (and others like it) are only popular in Japan, and they go CRAZY for it. I mean, English films are usually most popular in the UK, but they are also shown and liked elsewhere. Same for Scandinavian and French films. But Japanese people have such an odd and acquired taste that even places close to them (such as China and Thailand) don't really like this stuff. Hong Kong is probably the next closest place to liking this, but still, look at the box office figures and that tells its own story; there are a few fans, but almost nothing. I suppose Hong Kong is liberal, modern, and Asian just like Japan is.

So this will make around $150m in Japan alone?

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They've announced plans to localize Yo-Kai Watch in the West next year.

Yo-Kai Watch is very much a Japanese thing though, from its characters, humor, culture, etc.. Western audiences probably won't understand a lot of it, so and I don't think it'll be the next Pokemon outside of Japan... but we'll see if it catches on unlike a few other failed attempts over the past 10-15 years (none of them can compare to Yo-Kai Watch's success, however).

It took 16 years, but Japan has finally found its Pokemon replacement (and it might even be bigger). Merchandise sales are projected to exceed 40 billion ($350-400 million) for the year. And the second Yo-Kai Watch video game released this year will end up with over 5 million copies sold in Japan for the year (maybe closer to 6 million), which will be much higher than the last several Pokemon games. And the anime has been drawing in larger audiences than Pokemon shortly after it began airing at the beginning of the year.

Basically, ever since Yo-Kai Watch really kicked into overdrive back in the Spring, the Pokemon brand has seen drastic declines in every medium. Young audiences have seemingly abandoned it. Pikachu is no longer the mascot of many popular outlets. McDonald's have switched their annual calender releases to include Yo-Kai Watch now (even after printing the Pokemon ones), and more.

And Yo-Kai Watch's biggest audience is elementary aged children (3-6). So it's going to be around for quite some time (the second movie is already announced for next December, vs Star Wars, with plans to make it an annual release event).

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I'm interested if when this film was announced, did people already know it was going to be huge? or is it a surprise just how much it has grown into a phenomenon?

And is Star Wars big in Japan? or is it now dropped like Pokémon?

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Mid-Day Report (02:30PM)
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145,657 - Yo-Kai Watch: It's the Secret of Birth, Nyan! (NEW)
39,822 - Big Hero 6 (NEW)

11,307 - Ao Haru Ride (Week 2)
10,712 - The Vancouver Asahi (NEW)
7,673 - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Week 2)
7,644 - Aikatsu! The Movie (Week 2)
7,425 - The Last: Naruto the Movie (Week 3)
5,533 - Gone Girl (Week 2)
5,242 - Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Gaim & Drive: Full Throttle (Week 2)
4,817 - Parasyte Part 1 (Week 4)

Good grief. Its mid-day Saturday admissions here suggests it may be close to or over 400,000 admissions for Saturday already.

Expect an official report from Toho soon.

Yo-Kai Watch is currently outpacing the top debuts from earlier this year from the usual locations by...

2.68x greater than Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension
2.91x greater than Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends
2.96x greater than Stand By Me, Doraemon
2.98x greater than Frozen
3.30x greater than Maleficent

If it maintained a similar lead over these films throughout the rest of the weekend (and it could improve upon them), it's looking at an opening weekend around 1.7/1.8 million admissions, which would handily break the All-Time Opening Weekend Admissions Record by 200,000-300,000 admissions, and earn around ¥2 billion ($17/18 million) using Pokemon/Doraemon ticket prices.

However, since its avg. ticket price will be very low due to the volume of children attending, the All-Time Opening Weekend Record in Revenue would still be in the air. The admissions record is likely to fall, but it'll needs closer to 2 million admissions I think to assure it takes the gross record from The Matrix Reloaded (¥2.22 billion), too.

Big Hero 6 is no slouch this weekend either, though I'm curious just how much Yo-Kai Watch is helping it from basically all its showtimes selling out. Right now, it looks like it could reach 400,000+ admissions over the weekend, and a gross above ¥500 million ($4.5-5 million). That'd be an impressive opening, no doubt, though again, just how much is it benefiting from spillover (the same applies to every other film, too).

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Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:02 am
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Post Re: JP Box-Office: Yo-Kai Watch Aims for All-Time Weekend Re
Algren wrote:
I'm interested if when this film was announced, did people already know it was going to be huge? or is it a surprise just how much it has grown into a phenomenon?

And is Star Wars big in Japan? or is it now dropped like Pokémon?


There was certainly expectations that it would become a big franchise, similar to Doraemon/Detective Conan/Pokemon if they were lucky (Winter has lacked an annual event film), but I don't think anyone actually realized just how big it would become until the second game release sold 1.3 million copies in 3 days, and 500,000 advance tickets (the initial supply) were sold for the movie in 2 days back in July.

Toho has released their report, but it only talks about, mostly known, ticket sales. Toho says the film sold 1.06 million tickets at the box-office ahead of today, and when combined with online ticket sales, vending machines, etc.., advance tickets exceeded 2 million.

http://eiga.com/news/20141220/13/

Toho almost always releases an afternoon report for their big releases, comparing it to another big film at the same point in time, so hopefully they release another report soon.

Regarding Star Wars... each prequel dropped in gross/admissions from the previous entry, but still each grossed over ¥9 billion. The franchise is still popular I believe, but if it drops off further, it should be minimal.

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“Gods are great ... but the heart is greater. For it is from our hearts they come, and to our hearts they shall return.”
"Paper is dead without words / Ink idle without a poem / All the world dead without stories."
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”


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