The official Twitter account of the Naruto anime film series has revealed that The Last -Naruto The Movie-, the latest film that released in Japan last December, is the highest grossing film in the franchise to date. At the time of this post, it has been reported than the film has earned more than ¥1.75 billion (~ $14.76 million USD) at the Japanese box office.
「THE LAST ｰNARUTO THE MOVIEｰ」は2014年12月末にシリーズ最高興収を突破！記録更新中！ご鑑賞頂きありがとうございます。この3連休も全国で公開中。公開劇場はHPをチェックして下さい。テレビ東京HIRO http://t.co/fnEIrGm1xz
— 劇場版NARUTO-ナルト-【公式】 (@naruto_movie) January 8, 2015
The film is the 10th overall film in the Naruto franchise and is set between the final two chapters of the manga. It opened in 266 theatres across Japan on December 6 with an opening weekend of ¥515 Million (~ $4.27 million USD). The opening weekend itself topped the previous film’s opening weekend, where Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie opened with ¥446 Million USD (~ $3.8 Million USD) and eventually finished with a total of ¥ 1.46 billion (~ $12.4 million USD) at the Japanese box office after 2 months. The Last -Naruto the Movie- has already surpassed the figure and is only in its 5th week in theatres, where it is currently ranked 7th. The film itself also surpassed recent Hollywood movies, beating out Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar ¥ 1.2 billion (~ $10.2 million USD) and David Fincher’s Gone Girl ¥900 Million(~¥7.7 Million USD).
There will be a new mini series manga releasing next Spring, following Naruto’s children and the new characters. There has been no confirmation whether Kishimoto will be writing or illustrating the miniseries, tentatively called Naruto. Additionally, a series of light novels from Akira Higashiyama, the scriptwriter of Naruto Shippuuden: Blood Prison, will be produced next year as well, with the first focusing on Kakashi Hatake. The novels will be published by Shueisha’s Jump J Books imprint. The new projects are part of the Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project (Naruto’s New Era Opening Project) and includes The Last -Naruto the Movie-, which just launched in Japan, a Naruto Exhibition that will open in Japan from April 25th, and the recently announced Boruto -Naruto The Movie-.
Naruto is an original manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga began in 1999 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, where to date a total of 69 volumes have released. Since its debut the manga has sold over 130 million copies in Japan alone. The series has also received two TV anime series adaptation, covering the manga’s two parts: Naruto and Naruto Shippuden in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Both series were produced by Studio Pierrot. Additionally, a total of 9 anime films have released to date and numerous OVAs and specials. A light novel spin-off was produced by Masatoshi Kusakabe and released in 2002, and a manga spinoff, titled Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden, began publishing in 2010 from Kenji Taira and was adapted into an anime in 2012. Today, the franchise is one of Japan’s most renowned and one of the most popular anime/manga series outside of Japan.
Here is a synopsis of the film from MAL:
he moon is beginning to fall, and at the rate it’s going, it is doomed to fall on the Earth. The countdown for the survival of the planet begins. Among the havoc, Hinata’s younger sister Hanabi is captured by the mysterious enemy, Toneri Ootsutsuki. Naruto must overcome great danger on a mission to save Hanabi and the world along with Hinata, Sai, Shikamaru, and Sakura is their final story. “The final story is a first love.”
The Last -Naruto the Movie- is still out in Japanese theatres and is expected to reach ¥2 Billion (~ $17.03 million USD) by the end of its run.
Source Article – IBS
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