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Japan Box Office Watch: Kingdom, Miyazaki Lead Weekend

Japan Box Office Watch: Kingdom, Miyazaki Lead WeekendAnother weekend of manga and anime dominance in Japan. Over the weekend of August 18 to August, the #1 film at the box office was the latest Kingdom film (the third, for those keeping track). This marks the fourth weekend the film has come in at #1. The franchise, which kicked off in 2019, is based on the long-running manga by Yasuhisa Hara about China’s Warring States period.

At #2 was Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron, which has been in theaters since July 14. Ghibli and Toho are finally beginning to advertise the film after a month of intentional PR silence, which may be why the film jumped from #3 to #2 this weekend. Meanwhile, at #3 was Pixar’s Elemental, which is called My Element in Japanese.

Coming in at #6 in its opening weekend was Akira Toriyama adaptation SAND LAND. At #4 and #5 were the new Mission Impossible and Crayon Shin-chan films, respectively.

Source: Natalie

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.