One Piece Film Red Scores Over 2.25 Billion Yen, Takes #1 Weekend Box Office Spot

©Eiichiro Oda/2022 "One Piece" production committee

One Piece Film Red took the top spot at the Japanese weekend box office (August 6 to August 7) with over 2.25 billion yen (~US$16.68 million), which Kogyo Tsushin noted to be the biggest weekend gross of the year so far.

Kogyo Tsushin also reported that One Piece Film Red‘s opening weekend gross was the highest ever for distributor Toei. The same distinction applied to the movie’s opening weekend movie-goer count of almost 1.58 million.

Additionally, it was noted that the film’s weekend performance was “178%” better than what 2019’s One Piece: Stampede achieved in its first three days.

One Piece Film Red debuted in Japan on August 6. It is the 15th One Piece movie. The film notably introduces a character called Uta (Kaori Nazuka; singing voice Ado), a diva who is Shank’s daughter. Multiple animated music videos have been released for the character’s songs from the Uta no Uta One Piece Film Red album, with more on the way. The first of these videos obtained over 21 million views since its June 15 release, while the latest has 1.7 million views so far since its August 6 premiere.

The movie is directed by Gorou Taniguchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;SurrectionOne Piece: Taose! Kaizoku Gyanzakku) with a script from Tsutomu Kuroiwa (One Piece Film: Gold, GANTZ:O). One Piece mangaka Eiichiro Oda is the general producer and original story creator, while Masayuki Satou (One Piece Film Strong World character designer and animation director) is the character designer and chief animation director.

Source: Kogyo Tsushin

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