Another popular manga-anime franchise soars to the top of the Japanese box office in the new year, as a high school supernatural fantasy Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 posted 6.7 billion yen (roughly $ 58 million) in its first 15 days, with 4.9 million tickets sold. The prequel photo of the hit Jujutsu kaisen The TV series, which ended in March, tops last year’s biggest sales Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0: Once upon a time three times, which reached 6 billion yen ($ 52 million) in 21 days and closed 2021 with 10.22 billion yen ($ 88 million).

Distributed by TOHO and hosted by MAPPA, the film premiered at # 1 on December 24. Demand for the first waves of tickets was so high that theaters added additional screens, with one cinema in Shinjuku showing eight showings at midnight. The first three days brought a painting topping 2.7 billion yen and 1.9 million tickets sold as fans clustered in theaters and IMAX locations to grab the new adventure and secure a limited edition booklet.

The result was the second-best opening in Japanese box office history, replacing Disney. Frozen II and coming behind the hit of 2020 Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The movie: Mugen Train at # 1. Now, TOHO predicts a smooth rise to 10 billion yen (US $ 87 million) for its new anti-hex prequel.

To celebrate the success of the film, TOHO released a new promotional video and the official website announced that the pop-up Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 themed cafes will open from January 14 to March 27 in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya.

Directed by Sunghoo Park (The high school god), Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is based on the prequel manga story Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School by Gege Akutami, about a nervous high school student named Yuta whose childhood friend, Rika, is turned into a curse that won’t leave him alone. Her fate is noticed by the magic teacher Satoru Gojo, who invites Yuta to enroll in the courses for young exorcists at Jujutsu High.

the Jujutsu kaisen manga launched in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2018, and sold 50 million copies. The 24-episode television anime premiered in 2020 and was named Anime of the Year by the 2021 Crunchyroll Anime Awards.

According to Japanese outlet Eiga.com, the top three top-grossing domestic films in Japan last year were animated filmsEvangelion: 3.0 + 1.0, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (7.65 G / $ 66.6 M) and Mamoru Hosoda Beautiful (6.53 billion yen / $ 56.9 million), followed by live manga adaptations Tokyo Avengers at n ° 4 and Rurouni Kenshin: the final at n ° 5. My Hero Academia: Mission of the Heroes of the World rounded out the top 10 with 3.37 billion yen ($ 29.3 million).

[Source: Mantan Web via Anime News Network]