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#1 SPY×FAMILY Code: White Earns 549.9 Million Yen Over Weekend

The SPY×FAMILY Code: White anime feature maintained its position atop the Japanese box office for a third consecutive weekend—from January 5-7—selling 399,000 tickets and raking in 549,908,060 yen (equivalent to roughly US$3.79 million) from Friday to Sunday alone. In total, the film has sold 3.29 million tickets and achieved a cumulative gross of 4,221,365,710 yen (or about US$29.14 million).

The movie debuted in Japan on December 22. The storyline of the film is original and unique to this adaptation. In its initial three days in theaters, the film sold 866,000 tickets and garnered 1.224 billion yen (approximately US$8.61 million).

Crunchyroll has plans to show the film in North American cinemas in 2024.

Manga creator Tatsuya Endō contributed the original work and original character designs for the film, and also served in a supervisory role during production. The animation was handled by WIT STUDIO and CloverWorks.

Joining the cast for the movie were Tomoya Nakamura, who lent his voice to Dmitri; Kento Kaku, as Luka; Banjou Ginga, voicing Snijder; and Shunsuke Takeuchi, as Type F.

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Image via Comic Natalie

The Detective Conan vs. Kid the Phantom Thief, a compilation film for the Detective Conan franchise, opened in fourth place. The film earned 189,438,900 yen (approximately US$1.30 million) in its first three days.

The film is a melding and reworking of televised episodes including the debut of Kid the Phantom Thief. It features new additions to the storyline in episode 76, depicting the initial face-off between Conan and Kid. Exclusively new footage of “cherished interactions” between the two characters also features prominently in the special.

The movie premiered in Japan on Friday, ahead of the upcoming release of the next in the Detective Conan: Hyakuman Doru no Michishirube film series on April 12.

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The Godzilla Minus One, a new feature film from director Takashi Yamazaki in the Godzilla franchise of TOHO, slipped to the seventh spot from its previous hold on the sixth place in its tenth weekend. From Friday to Sunday the film earned 98,611,160 yen (approximately US$680,700). To date, the film has sold 3.37 million tickets, grossing a grand total of 5,149,668,090 yen (approximately US$35.55 million). From January 12th, the film will be showcased on MX4D and 4DX in Japan, and audiences will receive a 70th Anniversary Original Art Board.

Godzilla Minus One premiered in Japan on November 3, 2023, dubbed “Godzilla Day,” which celebrated the anniversary of the release of the first Godzilla film on November 3, 1954. The latest film screened at The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) as the closing film of this year’s event on November 1.

This film sold 648,600 tickets, earning 1,041,193,460 yen (approximately US$6.93 million) during its first three days in the Japanese box office. On comparison to the last Japanese live-action Godzilla film, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Shin Godzilla, it sold 14.7% more tickets and generated 22.8% more revenue in its first three days in 2016.

In this film, Ryunosuke Kamiki portrays the leading character, Kōichi Shikishima, while Minami Hamabe embodies the heroine, Noriko Ōishi. (Both of them also constitute the main cast of NHK’s ongoing weekday series Ranman.) The supporting cast stars Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Andō, and Kuranosuke Sasaki.

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Image via Kitarō Tanjō: Gegege no Nazo anime film’s website

The Kitarō Tanjō: Gegege no Nazo (Kitarō Birth: The Mystery of Gegege) anime feature film stepped down from the seventh to ninth position in its eighth weekend. The film raked in 76,498,630 yen (approximately US$562,100) between Friday and Sunday. The film has overall sold 1.45 million tickets and grossed a total of 2,046,518,010 yen (approximately US$14.1 million).

The film made its Japanese debut on November 17 and sold 111,500 tickets, earning 160,106,620 yen (approximately US$1.07 million) in its first three days.

Gou Koga directed the film at Toei Animation, with Hiroyuki Yoshino writing the screenplay. The characters were designed by Touko Yatabe. In the main cast, Toshihiko Seki voices Kitarō’s father, who would eventually take the role of Medama Oyaji, and Hidenobu Kiuchi voices Mizuki, a man employed to travel to a cursed village on a covert mission.

The live-action sequel film dubbed Tonde Saitama ~Biwako Yori Ai o Komete~ (Fly Me to Saitama: From Lake Biwa With Love) exited the top 10 in its seventh weekend, yet earned 63,404,530 yen (approximately US$437,600) from Friday to Sunday. It has earned a total of 2,184,948,550 yen (approximately US$15.08 million).

Even though the Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (or Madoigwa no Totto-chan) anime film, based on Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s autobiographical memoir and created by Shinei Animation, did not make the top 10 in its fifth weekend, it still earned 50,935,040 yen (about US$351,600) from Friday to Sunday and has accumulated a total of 762,516,630 yen (about US$5.26 million).

Sources: Kōgyō Tsūshin (link 2), Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web, comScore via KOFIC

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