The live-action adaptation of the "Rurouni Kenshin" manga and anime series raked in 555.48 million yen ($7 million) at the box office in the first five days after it premiered in Japan on Aug. 25.
The swashbuckler film pulled in about 399.5 million yen on the opening weekend, attracting about 300,000 audience members nationwide. Some of the theaters showed the movie early between Aug. 22 and 24, which helped the box office total reach 555 million yen and sell 424,143 tickets.
The film secured the top spot at the box office, beating out Hollywood blockbusters "The Avengers," which premiered a week before, and "Prometheus," which was released on the same weekend, as well as Japanese action flick "Brave Hearts: Umizaru," which was running into its seventh week.
"Rurouni Kenshin" opened on 329 screens across Japan, while "The Avengers" hit 844 cinemas nationwide. The distributor says the samurai action has a higher per screen average, adding that it is also popular in local areas. The film could see a total box office revenue of 4 billion yen, it said.
Currently, a special video clip featuring director Keishi Otomo is streamed on YouTube focusing on his directorial efforts. In addition to the behind-the-scene stories of the production, the 18-minute, 11-second clip also shows Takeru Sato, who plays the protagonist, Kenshin, who shares how he prepared for his character.
The clip is also available on the film's official website at (http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/rurouni-kenshin/index.html).
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