SPY×FAMILY Code: White Film still top of box-office in its 2nd weekend
The animated movie SPY×FAMILY Code: White
In its second weekend of showing, the animated film SPY×FAMILY Code: White continues to dominate the box office. From December 29th to the 31st, the movie drew an audience of 580,000 people, generating 800 million yen in revenue. After ten days in theaters, the film’s earnings reached 2.8 billion yen from 2.08 million viewers. As of Wednesday, 13 days after its release, the film has accounted for 2.59 million admissions and 3.5 billion yen in sales.
It was released in Japan on December 22, securing the top spot at the box office. The film garnered 866,000 admissions and 1.224 billion yen in revenue on its opening three days, telling an all-new storyline.
The project presents a unique story. Manga artist Tatsuya Endô, the creator of the series, receives credit and heads the film’s generous team. The film’s studios have also teamed up for the project. Takashi Katagiri serves as the director, with Ichiro Okouchi taking on the role of screenwriter. Kazuaki Shimada continues to oversee character design, with assistance on secondary characters from Kana Ishida. Kyoji Asano acts as chief animation director, in addition to creating the visual art displayed above. The animations are supervised by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. [K]NoW_NAME produces the film’s music, and Shôji Hata directs the sound.
The film’s cast includes Tomoya Nakamura, Kento Kaku, Banjou Ginga, and Shunsuke Takeuchi, portraying the characters of Dmitri, Luka, Snijder, and Type F, respectively.
TOHO animation shared a thank-you video for the movie titled Big Hit Thank You today:
The new franchise movie Godzilla Minus One
The next installment of the series, Godzilla Minus One has climbed from 8th to 6th place in its 9th weekend at the box office. As of Wednesday, after 62 days of showing, the film has garnered 3.6 million admissions and 5.01 billion yen in sales. Starting January 12, the movie will be screened in MX4D and 4XD formats. To commemorate the original film’s 70th anniversary, moviegoers will be gifted art-boards.
In its opening three days, the film generated 1.04 billion yen in sales with 640,000 admissions, landing at the top of the box office. These figures represent a 14.7% increase in admissions and a 22.8% hike in profits compared to the previous Japanese live-action film of the series, Shin Godzilla, directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, which was released in 2016.
The movie premiered on November 3, also known as “Godzilla Day,” which marks the anniversary of the first Godzilla movie’s release in Japan on November 3, 1954. The film had its preview screening at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival and was released in the United States on December 1, and in France on December 7.
Moving into the Japan post-war that was already devastated, Godzilla breaks loose…
In the main roles, Ryunosuke Kamiki portrays protagonist Kôichi Shikishima, while Minami Hamabe takes on the part of Noriko Ôishi. The duo also stars in the popular series Ranman by NHK. The film’s lineup also includes Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Andō, and Kuranosuke Sasaki.
Director and screenwriter Takashi Yamazaki also contributed to the visual effects. Known for directing live-action films, Yamazaki has worked on several projects like Always: Sunset on Third Street, Returner and Parasyte, but he already dipped his toes in the CG movie realm with Stand By Me Doraemon,.
Kitarô Tanjô: Gegege no Nazo, newest animation film
Kitarô Tanjô: Gegege no Nazo, the newest animated film of the franchise series, fell from 5th to 7th place on the charts in its seventh weekend of showing.
Released on November 17th, the film attracted 111,500 viewers, earning 160,106,620 yen in its opening three days.
Gou Koga, known for his work on Gegege no Kitarô: Nippopn Bakuretsu!!, One Piece Episode of Sabo, directs the film with animation studio Toei Animation. Hiroyuki Yoshino, known for his work on Macross Frontier, World Trigger, GeGeGe no Kitarô, wrote the scripts. The characters were designed by Touko Yatabe, who is known for his work on the third ending of GeGeGe no Kitarô and Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time. The cast includes notable figures like Toshihiko Seki as the future father of Kitarô (who will become Medama Oyaji) and Hidenobu Kikuchi as Mizuki, a clerk going to a cursed village following covert orders.
The film is part of a series of “major projects” set up to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Shigeru Mizuki, who passed away in 2015 at 93. One of the other projects is the anime Akuma Kun, which was released on Netflix on November 9.
The sequel of the film Tonde Saitama, Tonda Saitama ~Biwako Yori Ai o Komete~
The sequel to the movie Tonde Saitama, Tonda Saitama ~Biwako Yori Ai o Komete~, has risen from 10th to 8th place in its sixth weekend of showing.
The film debuted at the top of the box office when it premiered on November 24th. From Friday to Sunday, it attracted 292,300 viewers and generated 415,361,850 yen in sales; adding to the earnings obtained on Thursday (a holiday in Japan), the film’s total rose to 629,616,310 yen from 444,500 admissions over its opening four days.
Originally scheduled for release last year, the film’s production was put on hold due to Gackt’s health issues. He halted his activities in September 2021 due to a life-threatening neurological condition that secondarily led to dysphonia, a voice disorder. In May 2022, his agency, Glab Entertainment, announced Gackt was recovering and would gradually resume some activities this year. The film production resumed in October 2022.
The first film was released in Japan in February 2019 and was a hit from the start, with the opening weekend recording 191,000 admissions and earning 259,038,800 yen.
The film Kamen Rider the Winter Movie: Gotchard & Geats Strongest Chemy ★ Gotcha Great Operation fell from 6th to 9th place in the box office in its second weekend.