K-on! movie turns out to be popular, flooding theatres.
It has been only a week ago since the K-on! (Keion) movie hit the Japanese theatres, and it has been a successful one. Although we did not recieve the exact numbers for the complete week, we can share the ranking numbers of last week with you. The K-on movie was launced on December 3th in 137 theatres in Japan, the closing numbers of the box office run till December 4th (Sunday) thus the numbers represent a movie in its first weekend of screening.
|3||N||The Adventures of Tintin||Toho-Towa||$2,825,080||-||895||-||$3,157||$4,109,311||1|
|4||2||Sutekina kanashibari (Once in a Blue Moon)||Toho||$1,619,686||-26.0%||427||-||$3,793||$45,499,863||6|
|5||N||Railways: Ai o tsutaerare nai otona-tachi e (Crossroads)||Shochiku||$1,156,736||-||211||-||$5,482||$1,693,484||1|
|6||3||Kaiji 2: Jinsei dakkai gêmu||Toho||$741,566||-34.9%||316||-||$2,347||$18,821,098||5|
|8||6||Antoki no inochi||Shochiku||$483,220||-35.9%||230||-||$2,101||$5,230,339||3|
|9||7||Happy Feet Two||WB||$463,214||-32.8%||465||-||$996||$1,474,616||2|
|10||5||The Three Musketeers (2011)||GAGA||$299,157||-64.8%||99||-550||$3,022||$24,030,838||6|
This top 10 from BoxOfficeMojo Japan lists all the latest movies (and for your convience I have taken the Dollar converted list).
Impressive to see how a niche (otaku/anime) movie is being so well received. Knowing that the number of theatres screening this movie was only 137 and it succeeded to rake in a whopping 4 070 919 dollar in 2 days. Compare this with the Kaibutsukun movie (screened in 3x as many theatres) in its 2nd week at almost 6 million USD, that’s a very nice number. Very surprising thought that the Tintin movie (also in its first week, yet screened in almost 7x as many theatres) scored less than K-on! the movie.
In other news regarding the popularity of K-on! in Japan:
The number of high school girls who enter the light music (kei ongaku) club has been increasing due to the boom of K-ON!. In a high school in Aichi Prefecture, 110 out of 760 students of the school belonged to the light music club at the beginning of the year. Now the number decreased to 60 due to the graduation of the third year students and quitting of the news members, but still the club members have to take turns practicing in the music class room. The coaching teacher has been worried about whether he has to select the new members by an audition from the next year.
The light music club of Shiroko High School in Mie Prefecture also had 30 new members this year. Sugihara Riona is one of them. She entered the club influenced by K-ON but she realized her guitar skill won’t be improved by chatting over a cup of tea and cookies. Eleven new members have already left the club but she continued practice and participated in a band tournament.
Okamoto Eiji, the owner of a musical instrument shop, said high school girls often visit his shop in groups. They purchase the same models of the guitars and picks as K-ON characters have. He said “It had been quite rare to see high school girls carrying guitars on their back. I’m looking forward to seeing the new series of K-ON.” (Source: Chunichi Newspaper/MyAnimeList)