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Rurouni Kenshin 2 Opens Big

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto’s Inferno, the sequel to the live-action film based on the popular swordfighting manga, had an impressive weekend at the box office, opening at number one and having the biggest opening for a live-action film in Japan this year.

Kyoto’s Inferno, which we reviewed favorably this week, earned about $8 million in three days.

At this rate, the sequel is expected to outperform the original, which earned a total of $36.7 million in Japan. The third film, The Legend Ends, which concludes the “Kyoto arc” story, is set to open September 13th. A poster for the film was released Wednesday.

Coming in at number two this weekend was the Hollywood-produced Godzilla film. When Marnie Was There came in in fourth place. It has so far earned $15.5 million: by no means a failure, but nor a smashing success. Marnie‘s performance is one factor in Studio Ghibli’s decision this week to step back and reevaluate its future.

Sources: Anime Anime, Box Office Mojo

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.