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‘Death Note: Light Up The New World Breaks Makoto Shinkai ‘Your Name’ Box Office Streak

By Shor M , Nov 08, 2016 04:30 AM EST
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New Japanese live action adaptation movie, “Death Note Light Up the New World” has just been released and it has ended the dominance of Makoto Shinkai’s movie “Your Name” in the box office on the latter’s 10th week run.

Death Note Light Up the New World” was released on 341 theaters all over Japan on Oct. 29. It earned $4.37 million in more than 342,000 admissions on its opening weekend. The said figure was 60 percent of what the last movie, “Death Note 2: The Last Name” earned on its weekend release.

Meanwhile, “Kimi No Na Wa”, or known as “Your Name” overseas, was already on its 10th week and was still screening in more than 290 theaters in Japan. The weekend box office in Japan for Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 showed that “Death Note Light the New World” has surpassed the latest Makoto Shinkai animated movie. Other new entries to Japan’s weekend box office, which speared into the top five spots are Tom Hank’s movie, “Inferno, animated film “Maho Girls PreCure! The Movie: Miracle Transformation! Cure Mofurun!”, and new Japanese movie, “Nanimono” also known as “Somebody”.

Makoto Shinkai’s latest movie “Your Name” has been creating worldwide buzzfor surpassing James Cameron’s movie, “Avatar”, and Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli film, “Ponyo”. “Your Name” is a Japanese animated movie that courses on science fiction fantasy when it revealed the story of two unknowing teenagers swapping bodies and getting to live each other’s distant and peculiar lives. The Makoto Shinkai movie debuted in July 2016 and is currently ninth place for an all-time box office hit in Japan for both Japanese and international films for garnering $16 billion.

“Death Note: Light Up The NEW World” is a new Japanese live action film released just recently by Warner Bros. only in Japan. The movie is an adaptation of the manga series, “Death Note”, and is the sequel to the “Death Note 2: The Last Name”, which was released in 2006. It stars Masahiro Higashide, Sosuke Ikematsu, Masaki Suda, Erika Toda, and Rina Kawaei.

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