Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Slips to No. 9

May 3, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Seto Kaiba clenching his teeth in a Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions commercial

After premiering in Japan at number 6 during the weekend of April 23 and 24, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions took a small tumble during the week of April 23 through 29, coming in at number 7 in the weekly ranking. The movie settled in at number 9 this past weekend.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of April 30 through May 1 are as follows. (In parentheses are the number of theaters showing the film / number of weeks in theaters.)

  1. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (348 / 3)
  2. Zootopia (347 / 2)
  3. Captain America: Civil War (336 / Debut)
  4. Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! The Large Attack on the Dreaming World! (339 / 3)
  5. Chihayafuru: The Last Verse (293 / Debut)
  6. I Am Hero (282 / 2)
  7. Terra Formars (326 / Debut)
  8. The Revenant (341 / 2)
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (137 / 2)
  10. Assassination Classroom: Graduation (318 / 6)

Producers of The Dark Side of Dimensions, perhaps keen on jump-starting attendance as the movie enters its second week in theaters, put out a press release on April 29 revealing several characters from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime who make cameo appearances in the movie. (Sorry but you’ll have to look elsewhere for these spoilers.) Will this nostalgia baiting entice older fans of the series to visit the theater?

Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Opens at No. 6


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  1. I certainly hope the nostalgia brings in some older fans! But it does worry me a little, considering the target audience for the film and those younger audience who have never experienced DM before the 20th Anniversary Remaster last year.

    All things considered though, 137 Million isn’t bad at all, not when we’re competing with long running series like Conan. I have faith the movie will do exceptionally well once it releases overseas.

  2. It’s easier said than done finding this supposed April 29 press release. Google turns up zilch.

  3. @S The 137 number is how many theaters are showing the movie, not how many millions it brought in. Opening weekend it earned ¥133 million but there haven’t been any figures released (yet) for this past weekend. I’m hopeful that the nostalgia in international markets is stronger than in Japan too. And yeah, Conan is pretty much a juggernaut. There’s no shame losing to Conan; it’s likely to win in a head-to-head battle against any other anime franchise movie.
    @Charles Martin I intentionally didn’t link to it because there are spoilers in it and I didn’t want people to accidentally look at it and get disappointed. I’ll email it to you.

  4. Would you mind emailing me a copy of those spoilers as well?

  5. Sure thing.

  6. Hello. If it’s not too much trouble, I would like a copy of the press release link that’s says some characters from Duel Monsters characters have cameos. Thank you so much.

    So far, Dark Side of Dimensions seems to be doing quite well. Though I wish the box office number could be higher, at least it sort of shows that people are still fans. It’s either that or the promo cards that’s being offered after they buy tickets.

  7. Just sent you an email.

  8. Will you send me the link of the press release, please?

  9. Sent!

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