“One Piece” earns 1 billion in opening weekend

The latest film in the “One Piece” franchise posted impressive opening numbers this past weekend. During the 2-day period starting on December 12, “One Piece Film: Strong World” took in ¥1.038 billion on 188 screens.

An estimated 820,000 people filled the theaters in those first two days, bringing in ¥553 million on the 12th and ¥485 million on the 13th. In comparison, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” opened this year on 844 screens and earned ¥990 million in its opening weekend. Last year’s “Gake no Ue no Ponyo” made more than ¥15 billion during its theatrical run, though it opened to ¥1.025 billion.

The per-screen average of “One Piece Film: Strong World” was more than ¥5.5 million, setting the record for a nationwide release ever since regulations against standing audiences went into effect. The film also set a record for distributor Toei in the number of advance tickets sold, which was close to 300,000 as of December 6.


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