This movie actually sold more tickets than 'Star Wars' in Japan
Want to read something that’ll make your jaw drop? Star Wars: The Force Awakens made $238 million over its opening weekend, smashing every box office record in its hyperdrive-fueled wake. Well, just about — because in Japan, the latest installment of the space opera was actually beaten at the box office by, um, an animated movie based off of a video game.
The movie, Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King Enma and the 5 Stories, Nyan! (what a name), is based off a wildly popular Japanese video game series Yo-Kai Watch, about a boy who can see spirits.
While the movie actually made less than Star Wars, in Japan, box office stats are calculated out of the number of tickets sold rather than the result of ticket sales. Star Wars trumped over Yo-Kai Watch 2 in the flat sales numbers by about $2 million because their tickets were more expensive (IMAX really takes a bite out of your wallet), and because their tickets were more expensive, that probably drove people to watch the lower-priced animated film instead as well.
Now, we don’t think that the Star Wars cast and crew are sweating over their one box office concession, but it’d be interesting to see how the film ranks in terms of overall ticket sales and repeat viewings, versus a fluctuating, decontextualized figure like a monetary amount. Until then, the film’s set to smash even more records over the next few months — and many of us will help get it there.
(Image via Lucasfilm, Toho)