Japan Box Office: "Ghost in The Shell" Ranks 3rd with 273 Million Yen in Opening Weekend
According to the latest box office report in Japan, the live-action film adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk manga series Kokaku Kidoutai/Ghost in The Shell, starring 32-year-old Scarlett Johansson as the protagonist “Major,” ranked third in its opening weekend behind the two holdovers, Sing and Moana. The Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman)-directing film earned a bit disappointing 273,191,700 yen (about US$3.2 million) from the 171,203 ticket sales in its first two days of April 8 and 9.
Judging from the first week result, it is expected to end its domestic run with around 1 billion yen, which would be an unsatisfied result for the big-budget action flick (reportedly costs over US$110 million) based on the popular Japanese manga/anime content. A good news is that it is doing much better in China, where it made US$21.4 million in its opening weekend, pushing its international cum to US$92.8 million. But it needs at least twice more than that in order to reach break-even point.
Meanwhile, probably thanks to the popularity of 35-year-old singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino who voices
the protagonist Senpai, the anime feature film adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi’s award-winning love story
novel Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (Night is short, Walk, Girl) made its debut in seventh place. And
Kuroko’s Basketball: Last Game returned to the top 10 from the last week’s 13th.
Weekend box office in Japan (April 8-9, 2017)
1 (1). “Sing”
2 (2). “Moana”
3 (new). “Ghost in The Shell”
4 (3). “Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi”
5 (4). “Kong: Skull Island”
6 (5). “Hirunaka no Ryusei”
7 (new). “Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome”
8 (7). “La La Land”
9 (6). “P to JK”
10 (13). “Kuroko’s Basketball: Last Game”
“Ghost in The Shell” Japanese trailer
“Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome” trailer
“Kuroko’s Basketball: Last Game” two-minute special trailer