Japan Box Office: Studio Ponoc's The Imaginary Anime Film Makes 9th Place Debut

The anime feature film adaptation of A.F. Harrold's children novel, The Imaginary (known as Yaneura no Rudger / Rudger in the Attic in Japan), opened in 357 theaters across Japan on December 15, ranking ninth its first weekend according to Kogyo Tsushinsha . The film was originally set for release in the summer of 2022 but was postponed due to "a delay in the animation production." The 108-minute film also ranked seventh in Filmarks' first-day satisfaction ranking with an average rating of 3.69/5.0 based on 351 reviews. The Imaginary is the second feature film work from Studio Ponoc, founded by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura in 2015. Its first feature film, Mary and the Witch's Flower , was released in Japan in July 2017, and made a second-place debut in its first weekend, earning 3.29 billion yen (23 million USD) from its total domestic run to become the sixth top-grossing Japanese film of 2017 . RELATED: Studio Ponoc's The Imaginary Releases in Japan on December 15 Even in its seventh weekend, Godzilla Minus One held the same fifth-place spot it did last weekend . Its cumulative domestic gross has reached 4.4 billion yen (30.9 million USD) on 2.87 million admissions. The ticket sales are about 68.3 percent of the previous Japanese live-action Godzilla film in 2016, Shin GODZILLA . Kitaro Tanjou - GeGeGe no Nazo dropped three places from last weekend in its fifth weekend, coming in at number six. Fly Me to the Saitama ~From Lake Biwa with Love~ ( Tonde Saitama ~Biwako yori Ai wo Komete~ in Japan), fell to seventh place in its fourth weekend. Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window , the anime film adaptation of Japanese media personality Tetsuko Kuroyanagi's autobiography, ranked sixth in its second weekend, two spots down from its opening weekend. Weekend box office Top 10 in Japan (December 15-17, 2023) (ticket sales basis with notes in parentheses marking previous week's placement) Source : Kogyo Tsushinsha , Eig.com , Filmarks © 2023 Ponoc

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