Gundam SEED FREEDOM Film Breaks Franchise Record, Earns 1.06 Billion Yen in 3 Days
Shochiku delivered news on Monday that the animated film, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed FREEDOM, reported ticket sales of 634,182, fetching 1,065,983,130 yen (equivalent to roughly US$7.20 million) within the initial three days of its release. This achievement set a new record for the highest three-day launch revenue for any film from the Gundam franchise and claimed the biggest opening weekend for all movies released in Japan so far this year. The film earned the highest box office rank in Japan upon its opening weekend.
Viewers who go to theaters between February 2 and February 8 (or until tickets are sold out), will receive a limited-edition booklet featuring details about the characters and mechanical designs in the film.
in theaters across Japan on Friday and is set to be screened in 56 countries.
The former record was held by Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, which sold 259,074 tickets, earning 523,943,800 yen (around US$4.77 million at the time) in the first three days after it opened in June 2021. The film ranked third in terms of ticket sales on its opening weekend and became the first Gundam film since the 1988’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack to pass the 1 billion yen benchmark, earning a total of 2.23 billion yen (around US$15.1 million).
The film Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space from 1982 holds the highest box office revenue record for the Gundam franchise in Japan, with earnings of about 2.3 billion yen (roughly US$15.5 million).
Under the direction of Mitsuo Fukuda, the original director of Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, the film was made at Bandai Namco Filmworks. Accompanying Fukuda in script-writing were his late spouse Chiaki Morosawa and additional writer Liu Goto. Hisashi Hirai designed the characters in the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed movie.
Artist Takanori Nishikawa, also known as T.M. Revolution, performed the film’s main theme, “Freedom,” composed by producer t.komuro (Tetsuya Komuro). See-Saw rejoined the franchise to perform the closing theme “Sarigiwa no Romantics” (Romantics Upon Parting), presenting their first new music in two decades.
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