Japan Box Office: ‘Yo-Kai Watch’ Beats ‘Star Wars’ Ticket Sales

“Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King
Courtesy of Toho

TOKYO — “Yo-Kai Watch the Movie 2: King Enma and the 5 Stories, Nyan!,” the second animated feature based on the popular Yo-Kai Watch role playing game, opened bigger than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Japan in admissions terms. “Yo-Kai” sold 975,000 tickets for the Dec. 19-20 weekend.

That made it number one in Japan where box office rank is usually expressed by admissions, not revenue. “Yo-Kai” which is distributed by Toho, opened in 358 theaters and grossed $8.71 million.

Given the higher ticket prices being charged for “Star Wars” at the 371 theaters it is playing, “Star Wars” secured the top spot for weekend earnings.

“Star Wars” bowed on Friday Dec. 18, ahead of the normal weekend Saturday opening, on 958 screens. That was a record for the Japanese market, sparking complaints from online commentators that Disney was “arrogant” and “pushing a series past its sell-by date.” In three days it earned $13.3 million from 1.04 million admissions. Its weekend (Saturday and Sunday) admissions at 800,000, lagged “Yo-Kai Watch,” but were worth $10.3 million.

Toho is predicting that “Yo-Kai” will pass the JPY5 billion ($41 million) mark and could go as high as JPY6 billion ($49 million).

The first “Yo-Kai Watch” movie, released in December last year, finished with $64 million.

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  1. 09tranm says:

    Disney doesn’t care much because 1 they still made more money, and 2 Disney XD plays Yo Kai Watch.

  2. Shakayla Thomas says:

    I hope there’s going to be Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures: The Movie on 3D coming soon in Japan.

  3. Yuyo Oga says:

    To be fair, The Force Awakens made the biggest opening 3 days in Japan.

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