‘Doraemon’ Movie Stands Firm at Japan Box Office

By Kevyn Cortez | 3 years ago
‘Doraemon’ Movie Stands Firm at Japan Box Office
English: JR ED79 special livery locomotive for use in pulling the rapid train Kaikyo in summer time during 1998 to 2002. @ Aomori Station, Aomori, Japan Date 16 July 2002 Source Own work Author SElefant

“Stand By Me Doraemon” remained the top box office movie on Aug. 30 and 31, 2014 in Japan. For more details on this story, read on.

According to Variety,  the Japanese animation movie earned $4.96 million on from the whopping 380,005 admissions. In its fourth week, the animated 3D pic has earned a cumulative of Y5.8 billion with a large share of around $55 million from its 4.38 million admissions from its earning last weekend.

Following Doraemon at number 2 is the “Lupin III.” It is a live action version of a successful comic and anime franchise about the following the adventures of a master thief. The film scored $4.24 million on 335,000 admissions and is making its way to a $30 million milestone.

At number 3,“Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson which currently scored $1.9 million on 150,000 admissions. A science fiction action film directed, written and edited by Luc Besson, and produced by Europacorp starring Scarlett Johansson as the title character, along with Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked and Choi Min-Sik.

Other films who made it at the charts is “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno,” a direct sequel to first 2012 film based on the manga/anime series of the same name. The Warner produced pic passed the $40 million mark, placing 5th on the weekend box-office.

“Doraemon” is a Japanese manga series which has also been adapted into a successful anime series and media franchise revolving around a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy named Nobita Nobi. It is one of the best-selling manga in the world, having sold over 100 million copies. Doraemon  has become a prevalent part of popular culture in Japan, that its franchise has branched out into several feature films, video games, toy lines and even musicals

Its television series became incredibly popular, and ended with 1,787 episodes on Mar. 25, 2005. A new Doraemon series began airing on TV Asahi on Apr. 15, 2005 featuring new voice actors and staff, and updated character designs. TV Asahi Corporation announced an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to bring the 2005 series to the Disney XD television channel in the United States beginning in the summer of that year. The edited English dub distributed by TV Asahi is aired on Disney XD in the United States which started on July 7, 2014 aired at 12:30 PM, 11:30 AM Central.

That’s it for Doraemon topping Japanese box office charts. For more updates on upcoming movies and other celebrity news, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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