The film released on August 31st and debuted 3rd in its opening weekend, selling 161,255 tickets and earning 198,177,700 Yen (~$1.99 Million USD). With a limited run of 46 theatres, the film launched behind Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises/Kaze Tachinu and Warner Bros. Man of Steel, which aired in 454 and 610 theatres respectively. This is a massive feat for the film, and fans of the series. Due to this success, the film will release in 34 more theatres across Japan starting October 12th. To find out which theatres will be hosting the movie visit the official AnoHana website.
Since its first week the film started to slowly drop positions at the Box Office as newer films, such as Space Pirate Captain Harlock andThe Wolverine, debuted. During its second week the Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai film fell to 4th, in its third week it came 5th, in its fourth week it was 7th, and finally falling to 9th in its fifth week. Regardless, the film has exceedingly surpassed expectations and has been considered record breaking earnings at the Box Office.
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai is part of the Anohana project which originally comprised of the anime and the light novel series. The light novel series released in March 2011 and ended its run in July the same year, whilst the anime ran from April 2011 till June 2011 for a total of 11 episodes. The light novels were written by Mari Okada and published by Media Factory, and the anime was produced by A-1 Pictures. A manga adaptation was also produced by Mari Okada and ran from April 2012 till March 2013 in 3 volumes. A PSP Visual Novel game by 5pb. was released in Japan late last year, and a film adaptation started its theatrical run on August 31st this year. The film itself is a retelling of the anime from Meiko ‘Menma’ Honma but it will also include new a new epilogue to the series, set one year after the end of the anime series.
Here is a synopsis of the anime series from MAL:
Jinta Yadomi and his group of childhood friends have become estranged after a tragic accident split them apart. Now in their high school years, a sudden surprise forces each of them to confront their guilt over what happened that day and come to terms with the ghosts of their past.
The Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai film is doing fantastic at the Japanese Box Office since its debut on August 31st. There has been no mention of any worldwide screenings of the film despite the surprise success, or when distribution companies, such as Funimation, will release the series on physical media.
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