Much has been said about the roaring success of the theatrical debut of Marvel’s delayed Black Widow movie, but it had some manga-based competition in Japan. The live-action Tokyo Revengers movie—based on the manga by Ken Wakui—opened over the weekend, as well, and managed to beat both Black Widow and Godzilla vs. Kong to come out on top.
The live-action Tokyo Revengers was released in 350 theaters on July 9 and pulled in 528 million yen (about US$4.78 million) on 386,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday alone, closing out the weekend with 690 million. Godzilla vs. Kong came in second, Black Widow came in third, the live-action Honey Lemon Soda came in fourth, and Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time came in fifth in its 18th weekend.
Impressively, the opening weekend gross for Tokyo Revengers was the highest for a live-action film released in Japan in 2021, beating out Godzilla vs. Kong‘s previous record.
Crunchyroll streams the anime adaptation of Tokyo Revengers and describes it:
Takemichi Hanagaki is a freelancer that’s reached the absolute pits of despair in his life. He finds out that the only girlfriend he ever had, in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, had been killed by the ruthless Tokyo Manji Gang. The day after hearing about her death, he’s standing on the station platform and ends up being pushed over onto the tracks by a herd of people. He closes his eyes thinking he’s about to die, but when he opens his eyes back up, he somehow had gone back in time 12 years. Now that he’s back living the best days of his life, Takemichi decides to get revenge on his life.