The live-action movie adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga about making a manga, Bakuman, finally makes its long-awaited premiere in Japan last Saturday on 3 October 2015. It made an impressive debut and clinched the #1 spot in the local Japanese box office and beating fellow manga-based live-action movie, Heroine Shikkaku, which is based on Momoko Kouda’s shoujo manga.
The film earned 251,607,900 yen on 184,263 tickets sold for its opening weekend, and was shown on 325 screens across Japan. Bakuman stars Takeru Satoh (Rurouni Kenshin’s Kenshin Himura) as Moritaka Mashiro and Ryunosuke Kamiki (Rurouni Kenshin’s Soujirou Seta) as Akito Takagi. The star power from the two have proven to be quite effective as it dethrones the previous #1 from last weekend, Heroine Shikkaku, which ranked at #2 with 178,309,700 yen at 267 screens, and is already at its third weekend. Not bad for aspiring mangaka.
Meanwhile, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Cadenza also premiered last weekend and debuts in the box office at #7, earning 67,525,150 yen in 60 screens. The Arpeggio of Blue Steel sequel movie has sold 42,170 tickets in its opening weekend.
Another anime movie which made its premiere last weekend is Project Itoh’s Shisha no Teikoku (The Empire of Corpses), and it debuts at #13 in the box office rankings.