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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

How did Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution do during its time in Japanese theaters? This page provides a detailed week-by-week look at how the franchise's first all-CG movie did at the Japanese box office.

Week One (Friday, July 12th - Monday, July 15th)

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution opened on Friday, July 12th and managed to debut in 2nd place at the box office.

Toy Story 4
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Aladdin

Entertainment news site eiga.com reports that the CG remake of 1998's Pocket Monsters The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back! was shown in 408 screens (despite the 367 number you see in the table below, also provided by eiga.com) and watched by a total of 454,000 people between July 13th and 14th. The film brought in 553,000,000 yen in that same two-day period. That's a 110.6% increase in the first weekend earnings that its predecessor, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story."

When you put Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution up against the more recent films you'll see that it had the best opening weekend of any Pokemon movie in Japan in the last half decade:

Year
Movie Title
Dates
Earnings (JPY)
2019
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
7/13 - 7/14
553 million
2019
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
5/4 - 5/5
457 million
2018
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"
7/14 - 7/15
500 million
2017
Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"
7/15 - 7/16
516 million
2016
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
7/16 - 7/17
323 million
2015
Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" &
"Pikachu and the Pokemon Band"
7/18 - 7/19
384 million

First place went to Toy Story 4, which is only just now making its way into Japanese theaters. That movie brought in an astounding 1.38 billion yen, more than double that of what Pokemon was able to earn, so there really was no contest here.
Its predecessor was able to stay in the Top 3 of the Japanese box office at least eight weeks in a row back in 2010 so this year's film will probably stick around a while as well. Rounding out the Top 3 is the live action Aladdin remake, now in its sixth week in theaters in Japan.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Toy Story 4
Disney
369
1
2
NEW Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Toho
367
1
3
1 Aladdin Disney
370
6
4
2 Spider-Man: Far From Home
Sony Pictures Entertainment
352
3
5
3 Diner
Warner Bros. Movies 336
2
6
4
The Fable
Shochiku
327
4
7
5
Go! Anpanman: Sparkle! Princess Vanilla of the Land of Ice Cream
Tokyo Theatres
233
3
8
6 Uta no ☆ Prince-sama The Movie ♪ Maji Love Kingdom
Shochiku
126
5
9
8
Shimbunkisha (The Newspaper Reporter)
Star Sands Entertainment
143
3
10
9 Free! The Movie - Road to the World - Dream
Shochiku
73
2

Source:  Eiga.com (
posted July 16th, 2019)

Week Two (Saturday, July 20th - Sunday, July 21st)

In its second week in theaters Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution fell to third place with the debut of Weathering With You, the sorta-kinda spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Your Name.

Weathering With You
Toy Story 4 Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution was watched by 200,000 people over the two-day weekend and made an additional 251 million yen. Eiga.com is reporting that the movie has been seen by 1,050,000 people and has made 1.2 billion yen altogether.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Weathering With You
Toho
358
1
2
1 Toy Story 4 Disney 369
2
3
2
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Toho 367
2
4
3
Aladdin Disney 370
7
5
4
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures Entertainment 352
4
6
NEW
Child's Play
Towa Pictures
188
1
7
NEW
Tokyo Ghoul S
Shochiku
292
1
8
5
Diner Warner Bros. Movies 336
3
9
6
The Fable Shochiku 327
5
10
8
Uta no ☆ Prince-sama The Movie ♪ Maji Love Kingdom Shochiku 126
6

Source:  Eiga.com (
posted July 22nd, 2019)

Week Three (Saturday, July 27th - Sunday, July 28th)

The movie fell from third to seventh place in its third week in theaters.

Weathering With You
Toy Story 4 The Great War of Archimedes

The only number that's been released for the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie in its third week is news that the film has now earned a total of 1.7 billion yen. 2018's Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" reached 1.6 billion yen in its third week, so Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is doing slightly better than its predecessor, box office wise.

As for the rankings, newcomer The Great War of Archimedes took the Number 3 spot,
the annual Kamen Rider / Super Sentai double feature took the Number 4 spot, and the Japanese debut of The Secret Life of Pets 2 took the Number 5 spot. The live action Aladdin remake, which up until now has been right behind Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution rankings-wise, managed to climb its way up the charts to wedge itself in between Toy Story 4 and the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
1
Weathering With You
Toho
358
2
2
2 Toy Story 4 Disney 369
3
3
NEW The Great War of Archimedes
Toho
343
1
4
NEW Kamen Rider Zi-O The Movie "Over Quartzer" /
Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger The Movie "Time Travel! Dinosaur Panic!!"
Toei
324
1
5
NEW The Secret Life of Pets 2
Toho Towa
364
1
6
4
Aladdin Disney 370
8
7
3
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Toho 367
3
8
5
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures Entertainment 352
5
9
6
Child's Play Towa Pictures 188
2
10
8
Diner Warner Bros. Movies 336
4

Source:  Eiga.com (
posted July 29th, 2019)

Week Four (Saturday, August 3rd - Sunday, August 4th)

The 22nd Pocket Monsters movie came in 8th place in its fourth week at the box office.

Weathering With You
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Toy Story 4

Eiga.com reports that as of this week, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution has reached the 2 billion yen mark. That's only a tiny bit less than the 2.1 billion that Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" (2017) had made by its fourth week in theaters.

Looking at the rest of the Top Ten, newcomer Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw debuted at Number 2 and Dragon Quest Your Story came in at Number 4.


Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
1
Weathering With You
Toho
358
3
2
NEW Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Toho Towa
346
1
3
2 Toy Story 4 Disney 369
4
4
NEW Dragon Quest Your Story
Toho
312
1
5
3 The Great War of Archimedes Toho 343
2
6
5
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Toho Towa 364
2
7
4
Kamen Rider Zi-O The Movie "Over Quartzer" /
Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger The Movie "Time Travel! Dinosaur Panic!!"
Toei 324
2
8
7
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Toho 367
4
9
6
Aladdin Disney 370
9
10
-
Uta no ☆ Prince-sama The Movie ♪ Maji Love Kingdom Shochiku 126
8

Source:  Eiga.com (
retrieved August 5th, 2019)

Week Five (Saturday, August 10th - Sunday, August 11th)

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution spent the first week of its second month in theaters in the Number 9 spot.

One Piece The Movie "Stampede"
The Lion King
Weathering With You

The first all-CG Pocket Monsters movie has been seen by 1,940,000 people and earned over 2.3 billion yen since its debut on July 12th, according to eiga.com. Last year's movie, in comparison, had also reached the 2.3 billion yen mark but had been seen by slightly more people (2.04 million). 2017's "I Choose You!" had made 2.5 billion by its fifth week.

The Top Ten this week is joined by newcomers One Piece The Movie "Stampede" and the Japanese release of Disney's The Lion King remake. It's also worth noting that, as of this week, Toy Story 4 is the only other movie on the Top 10 to have been on the charts as long as Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution has.


Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
One Piece The Movie "Stampede"
Toei
352
1
2
NEW The Lion King
Disney
372
1
3
1 Weathering With You Toho 358
4
4
3 Toy Story 4 Disney 369
5
5
2 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Toho Towa 346
2
6
6
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Toho Towa 364
3
7
4
Dragon Quest Your Story Toho 312
2
8
5
The Great War of Archimedes Toho 343
3
9
8
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Toho 367
5
10
7
Kamen Rider Zi-O The Movie "Over Quartzer" /
Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger The Movie "Time Travel! Dinosaur Panic!!"
Toei 324
3

Source:  Eiga.com (
posted August 13th, 2019)

Week Six (Saturday, August 17th - Sunday, August 18th)

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution got a bit of an o-bon summer break boost in its sixth week in theaters.

The Lion King
Weathering With You  One Piece The Movie "Stampede"

The CG remake of the very first Pocket Monsters movie climbed up to 8th place after spending the previous week in the Number 9 spot. This isn't unheard of; previous Pocket Monsters films have moved up the charts during the summer break period in August. The newest Pocket Monsters movie has made 2.6 billion yen and has been seen by 2,160,000 people so far.

The Top Ten is mostly the same as it was last week, only shuffled around a bit. Now that all the big summer blockbusters have come out we probably won't see too much movement in the coming weeks. The only real change is that the Kamen Rider / Super Sentai movie has fallen out of the Top Ten and been replaced with newcomer Dance With Me.


Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
2
The Lion King Disney 372
2
2
3 Weathering With You Toho 358
5
3
1 One Piece The Movie "Stampede"
Toei
352
2
4
4 Toy Story 4 Disney 369
6
5
5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Toho Towa 346
3
6
6
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Toho Towa 364
4
7
8
The Great War of Archimedes Toho 343
4
8
9
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Toho 367
6
9
7
Dragon Quest Your Story
Toho
312
3
10
NEW Dance With Me
Warner Bros Movies
305
1

Source:  Eiga.com (
posted August 19th, 2019)

Week Seven (Saturday, August 24th - Sunday, August 25th)

The final full weekend in August saw Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution slip into the Number Ten spot.

Weathering With You The Lion King  Ossan's Love

The latest numbers for the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie has it earning 2.7 billion yen since its debut.

The Number 1 and 2 movies from last week switched spots while newcomer Ossan's Love The Movie "Love or Dead" rounded out the Top Three.
Other newcomes include the Japanese debut of the Elton John biopic Rocketman at Number 6 and the Ni no Kuni movie at Number 7.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
2
Weathering With You Toho 358
6
2
1
The Lion King
Disney
372
3
3
NEW Ossan's Love The Movie "Love or Dead"
Toho
313
1
4
3
One Piece The Movie "Stampede" Toei 352
3
5
4
Toy Story 4 Disney 369
7
6
NEW Rocketman
Towa Pictures
319
1
7
NEW Ni no Kuni
Warner Bros Movies 320
1
8
5
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Toho Towa 346
4
9
6
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Toho 364
5
10
8
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Toho 367
7

Source:  Eiga.com (posted August 26th, 2019)

Week Eight onwards

Unfortunately, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution fell out of the Top Ten in its eighth week in theaters. News outlets typically don't provide box office numbers for films that don't make it to the Top Ten and so the seventh week's numbers are the most recent ones we have. This page will be updated with the final box office numbers should Toho ever release them.

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