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Retirement news keeps Wind on top of Japan B.O.

Retirement news keeps Wind on top of Japan B.O.

By Kevin Ma

Tue, 10 September 2013, 19:45 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ (2013) has taken its eighth consecutive weekend at the top of the Japanese box office.

Due to director MIYAZAKI Hayao 宮崎駿's retirement announcement (and his local press conference last Friday), the film's gross experienced a weekend-on-weekend growth of 13.6%. After 57 days on release, the animated drama has made ¥9.68 billion (US$97.2 million) and is expected to cross the ¥10 billion mark this week.

Miyazaki's retirement news has been widely reported for the past week in local media. Immediately after the announcement, Nippon Television postponed its scheduled showing of X-Men Origins: Wolverine on 6 Sep to air Miyazaki's Porco Rosso 紅の豚 (1992).

The last domestic film to hold the top spot in the Japanese box office for more than seven consecutive weeks was Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle ハウルの動く城 (2004), which made a total of ¥19.6 billion (US$197 million). His Spirited Away 千と千尋の神隠し (2001) stayed on top for sixteen consecutive weeks.

Animated sci-fi Space Pirate Captain Harlock キャプテンハーロック (2013) (pictured) was second-placed, making ¥134 million (US$1.34 million) in its first two days of release. Opening on 578 screens, Harlock – which cost a reported ¥3 billion (US$30.1 million) to produce – had one of the widest releases ever for a domestic film. The Wind Rises opened on 454 screens in its first weekend.

Two major domestic films open this weekend: LEE Sang-il 李相日's remake of Unforgiven 許されざる者 (2013) and mystery drama Ataru: The First Love & The Last Kill 劇場版 ATARU〜THE FIRST LOVE & THE LAST KILL〜 (2013), based on the popular television drama series.

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