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Weekend Actuals (01/04-05)01 (02) ¥496,239,900 ($4.6 million), -07%, ¥11,288,789,850 ($103.5 million), Frozen II (Disney) WK7
02 (01) ¥488,519,830 ($4.5 million), -25%, ¥5,242,272,320 ($48.0 million), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney) WK3
03 (04) ¥167,000,000 ($1.5 million), +33%, ¥731,948,560 ($6.8 million), Welcome Back, Tora-san! (Shochiku) WK2
04 (03) ¥x97,105,850 ($899,000), -32%, ¥1,162,919,600 ($10.6 million), My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Toho) WK3
05 (05) ¥x68,085,070 ($630,000), -41%, ¥737,612,680 ($6.8 million), Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generation (Toei) WK3
06 (08) ¥x67,428,850 ($624,000), -08%, ¥879,702,400 ($8.1 million), Murder at Shijinso (Toho) WK4
07 (09) ¥x59,872,050 ($554,000), -17%, ¥598,489,900 ($5.4 million), Yo-Kai Watch Jam: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero? (Toho) WK4
08 (06) ¥x56,473,500 ($523,000), -30%, ¥985,821,900 ($9.0 million), Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight (Shochiku) WK5
09 (10) ¥x50,444,450 ($467,000), -15%, ¥799,148,300 ($7.4 million), Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony) WK4
10 (11) ¥x43,351,900 ($402,000), -22%, ¥1,039,507,200 ($9.6 million), Lupin III: The First (Toho) WK6>Frozen II reclaimed the top spot in its seventh weekend of release, selling a further 382,000 admissions, bringing its 45-day admissions up to 8.82 million. The film performed very well over the holiday frame, and in doing so, allows it to keep its sights on the ¥15 billion ($140 million) milestone.
>Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker performed well over the holiday period as well, but did end up dropping to second place in its third weekend selling 319,000 admissions to being its 17-day admissions up to 3.24 million. It's tracking 16% ahead of Star Wars: The Last Jedi after three weeks in release, but the Last Jedi hadn't enjoyed its New Year boost yet. So, this three-week advantage will definitely shrink fast, and they'll probably be pretty even after week four. I'm still favoring it beating The Last Jedi (since that had very poor late legs), but it won't be by much if it does. Look for a total between ¥7.5-8.0 billion ($70-75 million).
>Welcome Back, Tora-san! certainly received a proper welcome back over the New Year, earning almost 6x its estimated opening weekend last week over the past seven days. Renowned director, Yoji Yamada (88), returned as the director of the 50th entry--and first since 1995--in his Otoko wa Tsurai yo franchise, the third most attended franchise in the market with over 81 million admissions. The film sold 137,000 admissions in its second weekend, bringing its 10-day admissions up to 590,000.
>My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising drops to fourth place and has sold 920,000 admissions after 17-days in release. The second film in the popular anime/manga franchise displayed some frontloading in the middle of the holiday period, suggesting it's exhausted its core fanbase, so expect it to drop fast from this point forward. It should still be capable of reaching ¥1.5 billion though.
>Lupin III: The First managed to claw its way back into the top 10 and exceeded the ¥1 billion mark after six-weeks in release. It's great that it managed to get above this milestone, but it's probably half as much as Toho was expecting at this point.