“Kokurikozaka Kara,” the latest animated feature film from Studio Ghibli, opened at #3 over the three-day holiday weekend, facing stiff competition from the final “Harry Potter” movie and the newest “Pokemon” project, which ranked #1 and #2 respectively.
The movie is the second film directed by Miyazaki Hayao’s son Goro (“Tales from Earthsea”). It opened in 457 theaters across the country but only managed to bring in an audience of about 450,000 viewers, for a gross of approximately 587 million yen. In comparison, last year’s “Karigurashi no Arrietty” opened on 447 screens and earned 1.35 billion yen from nearly 1.04 million moviegoers.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” had a huge opening, with roughly 1.2 million people attending over three days for a gross of 1.761 billion yen.
The new “Pokemon” release actually consists of two separate full-length films that opened simultaneously, a first for Japan’s animation industry. Combined, the two movies pulled in 790,000 people on 351 screens, for a total of 826 million yen.