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Ghibli back on top with Princess Kaguya

Ghibli back on top with Princess Kaguya

By Kevin Ma

Tue, 26 November 2013, 15:50 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

Two months after The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ (2013) took the top of the Japan box office for eight weeks, Studio Ghibli スタジオジブリ is back on top with The Tale of Princess Kaguya かぐや姫の物語 (2013).

Based on famous folk tale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, about a beautiful girl who came from the moon, the film by Ghibli co-founder TAKAHATA Isao 高畑勲 made ¥284 million (US$2.8 million) from approximately 223,000 admissions on 456 screens in its first two days.

In July, The Wind Rises opened with ¥961 million (US$9.46 million) from approximately 747,000 admissions on 454 screens for a total of ¥12 billion (US$118 million). Kaguya's opening is only 29.3% of its two-day opening. Kaguya was originally planned to open on the same day as Wind, but was postponed.

At seventh place, Persona 3 the Movie: #1 Spring of Birth 劇場版「ペルソナ3」第1章 (2013) opened with ¥60.9 million (US$600,000) from 26 screens for a per-screen average of ¥2.34 million yen (US$23,000). It is the first film based on a popular video game. It has also been adapted into a manga series and a spin-off anime series.

The only new live-action film on the top ten is It All Began When I Met You すべては君に逢えたから (2013). Produced in commemoration of Tokyo Station's 100th anniversary, MOTOKI Katsuhide 本木克英's ensemble drama starring TAMAKI Hiroshi 玉木宏 made ¥51.9 million (US$511,000) from 278 screens.

After 16 days on release, MITANI Koki 三谷幸喜's The Kiyosu Conference 清須会議 (2013) has made ¥1.86 billion (US$18.33 million). SPEC Close: Incarnation 劇場版 SPEC~結~ 漸ノ篇 (2013) has made ¥2.23 billion(US$22 million) after 24 days on release. The second part of the series' two-part finale opens this weekend.

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