This past weekend marked the 12th in theaters for the live-action adaptation of Ken Wakui’s Tokyo Revengers manga, pulling it past a major milestone. The film has now grossed 4.38 billion yen (about $39.42 million), which is enough to make it the highest-grossing live-action film of the year in Japan.
That puts it just above spring’s Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, which pulled in 4.32 billion yen ($38.88 million) during its run. The live-action Tokyo Revengers film first hit theaters in Japan on July 9, 2021, and went on to beat major Hollywood blockbusters like Godzilla vs. Kong and Black Widow in its third week in theaters.
As for what’s next, producer Shota Okada commented on the possibility of a sequel: “How far this story can go depends on the voices of each and every one of our fans. With a momentum like ‘We’re going as far as we can go!, we’re looking forward to your continued support!”
Free! The Final Stroke took third place this past weekend, and Mamoru Hosoda’s BELLE went down to fourth, though that one has raked in an amazing 6.2 billion yen since it opened, making it the director’s most successful feature yet. My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes’ Mission came in fifth, Tokyo Revengers was seventh, and KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR FINAL neared the bottom at ninth.
Crunchyroll streamed the Tokyo Revengers anime as it aired 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.