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    JAPAN BOX OFFICE

    Weekend Forecast (09/22-23)01 (01) ¥266,000,000 ($2.4 million), -20%, ¥1,075,000,000 ($9.6 million), Christopher Robin (Disney) WK202 (---) ¥150,000,000 ($1.3 million), 0, ¥200,000,000 ($1.7 million), Café Funiculi Funicula (Toho) NEW 03 (02) ¥121,000,000 ($1.1 million), -36%, ¥1,135,000,000 ($10.0 million), The Meg (Warner Bros.) WK3 04 (05) ¥x93,000,000 ($825,000), -36%, ¥2,585,000,000 ($23.1 million), Killing for the Prosecutors (Toho) WK5 05 (04) ¥x87,000,000 ($770,000), -40%, ¥3,360,000,000 ($30.3 million), Gintama 2 (Warner Bros.) WK6 06 (03) ¥x85,000,000 ($755,000), -47%, ¥475,000,000 ($4.2 million), The Predator (Fox) WK207 (---) ¥x75,000,000 ($665,000), 0, ¥95,000,000 ($840,000), Skyscraper (Toho-Towa) NEW 08 (07) ¥x71,000,000 ($630,000), -28%, ¥2,310,000,000 ($20.8 million), One Cut of the Dead (Asmik Ace) WK14 09 (06) ¥x63,000,000 ($560,000), -43%, ¥350,000,000 ($3.1 million), Hibiki (Toho) WK2 10 (08) ¥x57,000,000 ($505,000), -42%, ¥1,200,000,000 ($10.7 million), Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney) WK4Notables (Outside the Top 10):¥x49,000,000 ($435,000), -40%, ¥8,975,000,000 ($80.6 million), Code Blue (Toho) WK9¥x30,000,000 ($265,000), -39%, ¥4,780,000,000 ($43.4 million), Incredibles 2 (Disney) WK8¥x28,000,000 ($250,000), -38%, ¥4,640,000,000 ($41.9 million), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Toho-Towa) WK8Not much going on this weekend, and the box-office as a whole will be rather uninteresting until December. There are a few notable releases between now and December, but October and November are two of the weaker months of the year. >Christopher Robin will claim an easy second weekend atop the box-office, and it's aiming for a very good second weekend hold, as well. My initial ¥2 billion (~$20 million) projection may end up being a tad low in the end. >Café Funiculi Funicula is a slight wildcard and could come in above the weekend forecast. It had a nice Friday start (it actually came in at #1), but its weekend pre-sales just aren't very good. This one could be skewing toward a much older crowd (seniors), though, who largely purchase their tickets at the theater itself. We'll see. >Skyscraper is going to bomb. Dwayne Johnson, outside of the Fast and Furious franchise which can't be credit to him, hasn't been able to find an audience in the market. Note: Sunday is a holiday, Autumn Equinox Day, but since it landed on a Sunday this year, I don't really think it'll provide much of a boost to the box-office. The holiday will also be observed on Monday, however, so most films will still experience some benefit.
  2. Titanic v. Rogue One  The Dark Knight v. The Exorcist
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    JAPAN BOX OFFICE

    (C)2018 Disney Enterprises, IncWeekend Actuals (09/15-16)01 (---) ¥332,290,000 ($3.0 million), 0, ¥578,950,000 ($5.2 million), Christopher Robin (Disney) NEW 02 (01) ¥189,011,400 ($1.7 million), -35%, ¥898,107,100 ($8.0 million), The Meg (Warner Bros.) WK203 (---) ¥161,000,000 ($1.4 million), 0, ¥286,381,700 ($2.6 million), The Predator (Fox) NEW 04 (03) ¥145,515,800 ($1.3 million), -21%, ¥3,199,126,000 ($28.9 million), Gintama 2 (Warner Bros.) WK5 05 (02) ¥145,361,000 ($1.3 million), -29%, ¥2,399,420,000 ($21.4 million), Killing for the Prosecutors (Toho) WK406 (---) ¥106,141,000 ($949,000), 0, ¥215,171,000 ($1.9 million), Hibiki (Toho) NEW 07 (05) ¥x98,995,280 ($885,000), -22%, ¥2,169,607,050 ($19.5 million), One Cut of the Dead (Asmik Ace) WK13 08 (04) ¥x98,745,000 ($883,000), -43%, ¥1,083,701,500 ($9.8 million), Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney) WK3 09 (06) ¥x83,498,300 ($747,000), -32%, ¥8,871,632,900 ($79.7 million), Code Blue (Toho) WK8 10 (07) ¥x68,258,600 ($611,000), -32%, ¥684,319,900 ($6.1 million), Sunny: Strong Mind, Strong Love (Toho) WK311 (---) ¥x65,000,000 ($581,000), 0, ¥106,141,000 ($949,000), Real Girl 3D (Warner Bros.) NEW 12 (09) ¥x58,448,100 ($522,000), -32%, ¥291,687,800 ($2.6 million), Kasane (Toho) WK2 13 (08) ¥x49,513,900 ($443,000), -44%, ¥4,736,565,500 ($43.0 million), Incredibles 2 (Disney) WK7 14 (10) ¥x45,861,100 ($410,000), -37%, ¥4,590,487,900 ($41.5 million), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Toho-Towa) WK7Note: Cumulative totals are as of Monday (September 17th). >Christoper Robin debuts atop the box-office, delivering quite an impressive start, selling 244,758 admissions over the weekend frame across 501 screens; and selling 440,921 over the long four-day holiday weekend. Its debut is low compared to other Silver Week openers, but it's good regardless and will likely result in a total around ¥2 billion (~$20 million), making Japan its #1 international market unless a China release is on the horizon. >The Meg delivered a solid second weekend hold, and is on track for a total around ¥1.5 billion (~$15 million); definitely not bad considering this is the type of film that could have disappointed in the market. >The Predator debuts in a disappointing third place, only selling 109,922 admissions over the weekend frame on 435 screens; and selling 202,803 admissions over the long four-day holiday weekend. The opening weekend is 34% below 2010's Predators. This isn't surprising given the day-and-date release, and only expect a finish around ¥750 million ($6/7 million). >Gintama 2 continues to do very well for itself, and is very likely now to exceed the ¥3.5 billion ($32 million) milestone. The original film grossed ¥3.84 billion and the sequel is aiming for around ¥3.7 billion ($34 million) or so, which would be a remarkable 96% audience retention for a genre where sequels typically experience harsh drop-offs. >One Cut of the Dead exceeded ¥2 billion in its thirteenth-weekend of release, and in doing so, has now earned 723 times its budget... This runaway single-shot zombie flick has become one of the most successful releases in recent memory. >Code Blue enjoyed its eighth-weekend in the Top 10, and became the highest-grossing film of 2018. It's the first live-action domestic film to top a year since 2012's Umizaru: Brave Hearts, and will become only the fourth live-action domestic film to reach the ¥9 billion milestone. Expect a finish around ¥9.2 billion ($83 million). >Real Girl 3D's weekend figure remains an estimate, and I'll update it when its available.
  4. When studios talk about local records, they are referring to the local currency and not US Dollars.
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    JAPAN BOX OFFICE

    (C)2018 Disney Enterprises, IncWeekend Estimates (09/15-16)01 (---) ¥300,000,000 ($2.7 million), 0, ¥385,000,000 ($3.4 million), Christopher Robin (Disney) NEW 02 (01) ¥179,000,000 ($1.6 million), -38%, ¥785,000,000 ($7.1 million), The Meg (Warner Bros.) WK203 (---) ¥150,000,000 ($1.3 million), 0, ¥215,000,000 ($1.9 million), The Predator (Fox) NEW 04 (03) ¥148,000,000 ($1.3 million), -20%, ¥3,125,000,000 ($28.2 million), Gintama 2 (Warner Bros.) WK5 05 (02) ¥143,000,000 ($1.3 million), -30%, ¥2,315,000,000 ($20.7 million), Killing for the Prosecutors (Toho) WK406 (---) ¥110,000,000 ($1.0 million), 0, ¥155,000,000 ($1.4 million), Hibiki (Toho) NEW 07 (04) ¥x99,000,000 ($885,000), -43%, ¥1,030,000,000 ($9.3 million), Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney) WK3 08 (05) ¥x98,000,000 ($875,000), -22%, ¥2,110,000,000 ($19.0 million), One Cut of the Dead (Asmik Ace) WK13 09 (06) ¥x83,000,000 ($740,000), -32%, ¥8,810,000,000 ($79.2 million), Code Blue (Toho) WK8 10 (07) ¥x64,000,000 ($570,000), -35%, ¥630,000,000 ($5.7 million), Sunny: Strong Mind, Strong Love (Toho) WK311 (---) ¥x60,000,000 ($535,000), 0, ¥60,000,000 ($535,000), Real Girl 3D (Warner Bros.) NEW 12 (09) ¥x54,000,000 ($480,000), -37%, ¥275,000,000 ($2.5 million), Kasane (Toho) WK2 13 (08) ¥x51,000,000 ($455,000), -43%, ¥4,710,000,000 ($42.7 million), Incredibles 2 (Disney) WK7 14 (10) ¥x47,000,000 ($420,000), -36%, ¥4,565,000,000 ($41.3 million), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Toho-Towa) WK7>Christoper Robin debuts atop the box-office, and seems to have delivered a pretty impressive opening based on estimates. Its Friday was a little weak, but it was strong over the weekend frame and achieved a solid Sunday increase, too. I have little doubt that it'll reach ¥1.5 billion (~$15 million), and it should be able to earn around ¥2 billion (~$20 million), likely making Japan its highest-grossing overseas market (at least until, or if, it's released in China). >The Predator is a disappointment, to no one's surprise, really. Fox giving the film a day-and-date release almost guaranteed it would underperform. It may have even debuted as low as fifth-place, depending on the weekend actuals (films ranked #3-5 are very close). It'll finish around ¥700 million ($6 million) or so. >Code Blue entered its eighth weekend of release, and became the highest-grossing film of 2018. It also became the most attended film of 2018 last Sunday. This is the first time (barring some phenomenal breakout to come) since 2012 that a domestic live-action film has topped the year in the market. >As I mentioned on Friday, I've expanded the Top 10 so that I can include Incredibles 2 and Mission: Impossible - Fallout, so that we can track them and determine if either film will be able to reach the ¥5 billion blockbuster milestone. This upcoming week will be their final chance to gross any meaningful numbers. Silver Week begins tomorrow (Monday) and ends next Monday (09/17-24), with holidays falling on Monday (17th), Sunday (23rd), and Monday (24th) this year. Since this year's Silver Week didn't receive any big openers (Christopher Robin did open well, though), the holdovers will be aiming to benefit and hopefully experience strong holds (or increases) to make up some potential loss in earnings from the awful weather/disasters this past July/August.
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    JAPAN BOX OFFICE

    Weekend Forecast (09/15-16)01 (---) ¥225,000,000 ($2.0 million), 0, ¥310,000,000 ($2.8 million), Christopher Robin (Disney) NEW 02 (01) ¥173,000,000 ($1.5 million), -40%, ¥780,000,000 ($7.0 million), The Meg (Warner Bros.) WK203 (---) ¥150,000,000 ($1.3 million), 0, ¥215,000,000 ($1.9 million), The Predator (Fox) NEW 04 (03) ¥142,000,000 ($1.3 million), -23%, ¥3,125,000,000 ($28.2 million), Gintama 2 (Warner Bros.) WK5 05 (02) ¥129,000,000 ($1.1 million), -37%, ¥2,300,000,000 ($20.6 million), Killing for the Prosecutors (Toho) WK406 (---) ¥125,000,000 ($1.1 million), 0, ¥170,000,000 ($1.5 million), Hibiki (Toho) NEW 07 (04) ¥x96,000,000 ($855,000), -45%, ¥1,030,000,000 ($9.3 million), Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney) WK3 08 (05) ¥x88,000,000 ($785,000), -30%, ¥2,100,000,000 ($18.9 million), One Cut of the Dead (Asmik Ace) WK13 09 (06) ¥x79,000,000 ($705,000), -35%, ¥8,805,000,000 ($79.1 million), Code Blue (Toho) WK8 10 (07) ¥x68,000,000 ($605,000), -32%, ¥635,000,000 ($5.7 million), Sunny: Strong Mind, Strong Love (Toho) WK3 11 (09) ¥x56,000,000 ($500,000), -33%, ¥275,000,000 ($2.5 million), Kasane (Toho) WK2 12 (08) ¥x49,000,000 ($435,000), -45%, ¥4,705,000,000 ($42.6 million), Incredibles 2 (Disney) WK7 13 (10) ¥x42,000,000 ($375,000), -44%, ¥4,560,000,000 ($41.2 million), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Toho-Towa) WK7Unfortunately, this weekend is going to be the weakest pre-Silver Week Weekend in recent years. This weekend has been growing in popularity, only behind the big three (New Year, Golden Week, and Obon Festival), and usually has at least one major tentpole, but none are here this year. >Christoper Robin came out on top by a comfortable margin on Friday, and its Saturday pre-sales suggest it'll debut at #1 over the weekend without much trouble. Its debut is unlikely to be particularly impressive (needs to come in closer to ¥300 million), but it will be good enough for perhaps ¥1.5 billion (about $15 million) after the holiday boost. Japan will be competing with the United Kingdom to become the films' #1 overseas market. >The Predator has so-so pre-sales, but I expect it'll be pretty frontloaded and largely disappoint. It could manage a second place debut, but this is a misfire from Fox. >Code Blue enters its eighth weekend of release, and has become the highest-grossing film of 2018. It also became the most attended film of 2018 last Sunday. I've expanded the Top 10 so that Incredibles 2 and Mission: Impossible - Fallout can be tracked, so we can determine if either film will be able to reach the ¥5 billion blockbuster milestone. This upcoming week will be their final chance to gross any meaningful numbers. And as mentioned, Silver Week begins this week, beginning on Monday and ending next Monday (09/17-24), with holidays falling on Monday (17th), Sunday (23rd), and Monday (24th) this year. Since this year didn't receive any big openers, hopefully the holdovers can benefit and see some strong holds (or increases) to make up some potential loss in earnings from the awful weather/disasters this past July/August.
  7. A few FYC that haven't been mentioned yet:
  8. I tend to like film noir much more than the comedies of the time, but finding films isn't really a problem, I have a big watch list to go through already.
  9. So I made a preliminary list for this and apparently I have seen 46 movies in black and white so far. Of those 46, 9 are too bad for me to put on this list, leaving 37 on my list so far. Not sure how many I'm supposed to submit yet though.
  10. Yup, Alien is where Ellen's character was created, and is still the best movie in the franchise.
  11. 2005 was Chicken Little.
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    JAPAN BOX OFFICE

    (C)2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC., GRAVITY PICTURES FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY, AND APELLES ENTERTAINMENT, INCWeekend Estimates (09/08-09)01 (---) ¥230,000,000 ($2.1 million), 0, ¥300,000,000 ($2.7 million), The Meg (Warner Bros.) NEW 02 (01) ¥217,000,000 ($1.9 million), -36%, ¥1,925,000,000 ($17.2 million), Killing for the Prosecutors (Toho) WK3 03 (03) ¥192,000,000 ($1.7 million), -38%, ¥2,800,000,000 ($25.2 million), Gintama 2 (Warner Bros.) WK4 04 (02) ¥187,000,000 ($1.7 million), -42%, ¥805,000,000 ($7.2 million), Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney) WK2 05 (04) ¥125,000,000 ($1.1 million), -43%, ¥8,585,000,000 ($77.1 million), Code Blue (Toho) WK7 06 (06) ¥111,000,000 ($1.0 million), -33%, ¥1,870,000,000 ($16.8 million), One Cut of the Dead (Asmik Ace) WK12 07 (07) ¥100,000,000 ($905,000), -35%, ¥425,000,000 ($3.8 million), Sunny: Strong Mind, Strong Love (Toho) WK2 08 (05) ¥x92,000,000 ($830,000), -46%, ¥4,625,000,000 ($41.9 million), Incredibles 2 (Disney) WK6 09 (08) ¥x79,000,000 ($715,000), -42%, ¥4,450,000,000 ($40.3 million), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Toho-Towa) WK610 (---) ¥x75,000,000 ($680,000), 0, ¥100,000,000 ($905,000), Kasane (Toho) NEWWeekend drops are a little on the harsher side this weekend since last Saturday was boosted slightly from being the first of the month (national discount day). However, it's difficult to estimate how much of an impact discount days have on individual films, so the drops this weekend could differ more than usual when actuals come in (for the better, I believe). >The Meg makes, perhaps, a surprising debut atop the box-office. The debut isn't anything spectacular, but it's pretty solid given the lack of star power, seemingly lack of confidence from Warner Bros. (given the theater count), and average reviews. If the weekend estimate is accurate, it'll probably gross around ¥1.2 billion ($11 million) or so. Not bad. >Gintama 2 continues to perform well, and became Warner Bros.'s highest-grossing film in Japan this year, surpassing Ready Player One. It should finish around ¥3.5 billion ($31/32 million), retaining over 90% of the original film's audience -- a notable feat considering sequels to domestic live-action films, especially those based on manga/anime, tend to experience large drop-offs. >Code Blue experienced a bit of a post-summer decline over the past week, and its drop this weekend is poor, but it's still going to surpass Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer to become the #1 film of 2018. It should claim the crown next weekend, and after the upcoming Silver Week holiday frame, will still likely reach the ¥9 billion ($80 million+) milestone. >The crawl to the ¥5 billion blockbuster milestone begins for Incredibles 2 and Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and their sixth-weekend drops, if accurate, is making it more difficult. If Silver Week wasn't coming up soon (Sept. 17th-24th), I might be predicting both films may actually fall short of the mark, but the holiday week (the last major holiday frame until New Year) should still get both films there.
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    JAPAN BOX OFFICE

    Weekend Forecast (09/08-09)01 (---) ¥225,000,000 ($2.0 million), 0, ¥295,000,000 ($2.7 million), The Meg (Warner Bros.) NEW 02 (01) ¥217,000,000 ($1.9 million), -36%, ¥1,925,000,000 ($17.2 million), Killing for the Prosecutors (Toho) WK3 03 (03) ¥191,000,000 ($1.7 million), -38%, ¥2,800,000,000 ($25.2 million), Gintama 2 (Warner Bros.) WK4 04 (02) ¥187,000,000 ($1.7 million), -42%, ¥805,000,000 ($7.2 million), Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney) WK2 05 (04) ¥132,000,000 ($1.2 million), -40%, ¥8,585,000,000 ($77.1 million), Code Blue (Toho) WK7 06 (06) ¥115,000,000 ($1.0 million), -30%, ¥1,870,000,000 ($16.8 million), One Cut of the Dead (Asmik Ace) WK12 07 (05) ¥102,000,000 ($925,000), -41%, ¥4,625,000,000 ($41.9 million), Incredibles 2 (Disney) WK6 08 (07) ¥100,000,000 ($905,000), -35%, ¥425,000,000 ($3.8 million), Sunny: Strong Mind, Strong Love (Toho) WK2 09 (08) ¥x87,000,000 ($785,000), -34%, ¥4,450,000,000 ($40.3 million), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Toho-Towa) WK610 (---) ¥x75,000,000 ($680,000), 0, ¥100,000,000 ($905,000), Kasane (Toho) NEWWeekend drops are likely to be on the harsher side this weekend since last Saturday was boosted slightly from being the first of the month (national discount day). It's going to be a close race for the #1 spot between the debut of The Meg and holdover Killing for the Prosecutors. I'm leaning toward The Meg having the slight advantage due to its decent lead in pre-sales, and likely higher average ticket price, but I wouldn't be surprised if it comes in second place over the weekend.Code Blue experienced a bit of a post-summer decline over the past week, but it's holding well-enough to ensure it surpasses Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer to become the #1 film of 2018. It should claim the crown next weekend. The crawl to the ¥5 billion blockbuster milestone now begins for Incredibles 2 and Mission: Impossible - Fallout. If Silver Week wasn't coming up soon (Sept. 17th-24th), I might be predicting both films may actually fall short of the mark, but the holiday week (the last major holiday frame until New Year) should still get both films there. Unfortunately, Japan has had to endure an absurd, relentless onslaught of terrible weather/disasters this entire summer; from deadly record heat, landslides, floods, major earthquakes, record winds, typhoons (one being the worst in 25 years this past week), and just about everything else on a daily/weekly basis... As a result, while the summer box-office was strong, there is some evidence (weaker than normal legs for most films) that suggests it may have deterred some moviegoers from going to the cinema.
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