It finally happened; after six straight weekends atop the Japanese box office, JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 has been dethroned. Who better to pull off such a monumental feat than a manga and anime legend? Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 opened over the weekend after a full year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and apparently folks were hungry enough for the dimension-hopping robot cat and his friends that they helped them soar to first place.
The 41st feature film in the Doraemon series pulled in 394 million yen (about $3.41 million) on 322,000 tickets sold over the course of its first Saturday and Sunday. While this was down 4.6 percent from the same time period for Doraemon‘s 40th film, Nobita’s New Dinosaur, it was enough to put it atop one of the most successful anime films of all time.
As for JUJUTSU KAISEN 0, the movie fell to third place with 133 million yen over its 11th weekend in the wild. It’s now the 22nd top-grossing film of all time in Japan, putting it on par with Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast film.
The new Ensemble Stars!! -Road to Show!!- anime film was released in 113 theaters in Japan on March 4, landing it in sixth place with 50 million yen ($433,000). That makes it the highest ranking this year for a movie that came out in less than 200 theaters in Japan.