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One Piece Film: Red Tops 20 Billion Yen
Toei Animation recently made waves by announcing that the One Piece Film: Red film has surpassed the impressive milestone of 20 billion Japanese Yen (JPY) in domestic box office revenue, equivalent to a staggering $131 million in Hollywood box office terms. This remarkable achievement catapults the movie into the upper echelons of Japanese film history, firmly securing its place as the eighth highest-grossing film in the country.
The financial triumph of One Piece Film: Red is not merely confined to its box office performance. While the 20 billion JPY figure reflects the revenue generated through theatrical releases, it doesn't encompass other lucrative streams such as online rentals and television broadcasts. The movie's widespread appeal is evident in its exceptional performance within its first month of release, where it remarkably sold over 10 million tickets, emerging as the most-watched film of 2022 in Japan.
The esteemed ranks of Japan's highest-grossing films bear witness to the colossal success of One Piece Film: Red. It sits proudly among cinematic giants like "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train," which holds the top spot with a colossal 40.43 billion JPY, followed by classics such as "Spirited Away," "Titanic," and "Frozen." The fact that One Piece Film: Red has claimed its position among such illustrious titles speaks volumes about its cultural impact and widespread acclaim.
The upcoming commemorative re-release of One Piece Film: Red in Japanese theaters throughout November 2023 is a testament to the enduring allure of the film. This limited-time engagement allows audiences to relive the cinematic magic that captivated millions, providing an opportunity for both ardent fans and newcomers to experience the epic tale on the big screen.
Adding a unique and participatory element to the celebration, the film will feature three cheer screenings in November 2023. These special screenings invite the audience to engage actively with the movie by participating in cheering, singing, and even wotagei, a form of synchronized cheering popular in Japanese pop culture events. The incorporation of pen lights and other items enhances the immersive experience, creating an atmosphere of shared enthusiasm and celebration.
The first cheer screening is scheduled for November 5, followed by the second on November 12, and the third on November 19, 2023. These dates mark an opportunity for fans to come together, not only to witness the on-screen adventure but also to contribute to the vibrant energy of the theater through their collective expressions of support.
As One Piece Film: Red returns to theaters for this limited engagement, it symbolizes not just a cinematic triumph but a cultural phenomenon that has left an indelible mark on Japanese cinema. Its journey from a highly anticipated release to becoming the eighth highest-grossing film in Japan showcases the enduring power of storytelling and the unwavering connection between the One Piece franchise and its dedicated fanbase. There are definitely a lot more adventures that One Piece will uncover, so make sure to stay tuned for more One Piece updates and catch up to the anime!