Otaka: K-ON! film earned ¥316M over the weekend.
K-ON! has proven its immense popularity once again when its first feature film earned over ¥316 million (about PhP158 million) in the box office when it was shown in 137 theaters around Japan this past weekend.
Film journalist Hiroo Otaka notes that K-ON!‘s box office earnings surpassed that of Steven Spielberg’s latest release The Adventures of Tin-Tin, which made ¥319 million (around PhP159.5 million) from December 1 to 4 and was shown in 895 theaters nationwide.
K-ON! also made more earnings in the box office than the first Evangelion movie, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone has earned only ¥280 million (around PhP155.9 million) during its opening weekend on August 25-26 of 2007, while The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya earned only ¥89 million (around PhP49.5 million) during its opening weekend on February 06-07 last year.
But the anime movie has not beaten the 10th One Piece movie, One Piece film: Strong World, which has earned ¥1.038 billion (around PhP577.7 million) during its opening weekend in December 2009, and the second Evangelion movie, Evangelion: 2.0 You Are (Not) Advance, which has earned almost ¥512.2 million (around PhP285 million) in its opening weekend in February 2009.
K-ON! film adaptation is a sequel to the popular moeblob anime series, which is based on the popular 4-panel manga by kakifly. The anime movie premiered in Japanese theaters on December 03.
The anime movie will depict the members of Sakuragaoka High School’s Light Music Club, which are on their graduation trip to England. Though the story may not be a part of the anime series, the plot is connected to the story.