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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Koko

How did Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" do during its time in Japanese theaters? This page provides a detailed week-by-week look at how the franchise's 23rd movie did at the Japanese box office.

Week One (Friday, December 25th - Sunday, December 27th)

In its first week in theaters, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" came in as the Number 2 movie in Japan.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"
Romance of the Three Kingdoms - The New Interpretation

Entertainment website Kogyo Tsushin provided the box office numbers. Over the two-day weekend, Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th, the movie was watched by 234,000 people and earned 276 million yen. Over the three-day weekend (Friday the 25th ~ Sunday the 27th) it was watched by 320,000 people and earned 378 million yen.

Here's how the Top Ten looked during the 23rd movie's opening weekend:


Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
Weeks in Theaters
1
1
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train
Toho, Aniplex
11
2
NEW Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"
Toho
1
3
2
Romance of the Three Kingdoms - The New Interpretation Toho 3
4
NEW
Poupelle of Chimney Town
Toho, Yoshimoto
1
5
3
The Promised Neverland
Toho
2
6
4
Stand By Me - Doraemon 2
Toho
6
7
6
Wonder Woman 1984 Warner Bros 2
8
5 Kamen Rider Saber The Movie / Kamen Rider Zero-One The Movie
Toei
2
9
NEW Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
Shochiku, Kadokawa
1
10
8
Tengaramon Giggly Box 3

Source:  Kogyo Tsushin (posted December 28th, 2020)

First place went to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train, a film that had spent its entire eleven-week run up until that point in the Number 1 spot and had even gone on to become the #1 top earning film in Japanese history. The Number Three spot went to Romance of the Three Kingdoms - The New Interpretation.

Other new films debuting this weekend include Poupelle of Chimney Town, which came in at Number Four, and Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, which debuted at Number Nine.


The entertainment website Kogyo Tsushin has provided the box office numbers. Over the two-day weekend, Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th, the movie was watched by 234,000 people and earned 276 million yen. Over the three-day weekend (Friday the 25th ~ Sunday the 27th) it was watched by 320,000 people and earned 378 million yen.

When you put Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" up against the more recent films you'll see that it had the worst opening weekend of any Pokemon movie in Japan since...well, since pretty much ever.

Year
Movie Title
Dates
Earnings (JPY)
2020
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"
12/26 - 12/27
275 million
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

Reasons for the low numbers may include how the end of the year is traditionally a slow period for the box office in Japan combined with the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Week Two (Saturday, January 2nd - Sunday, January 3rd)

In its second week in theaters (January 2nd - January 3rd) Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" dropped to fourth place.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train
Romance of the Three Kingdoms - The New Interpretation Poupelle of Chimney Town

Here's how the Top Ten looked during the 23rd movie's second week in theaters:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
Weeks in Theaters
1
1
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train
Toho, Aniplex
12
2
3
Romance of the Three Kingdoms - The New Interpretation Toho 4
3
4
Poupelle of Chimney Town
Toho, Yoshimoto
2
4
2
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"
Toho
2
5
5
The Promised Neverland
Toho
3
6
6
Stand By Me - Doraemon 2
Toho
7
7
NEW
Peninsula
Gaga
1
8
7
Wonder Woman 1984 Warner Bros 3
9
10
Tengaramon Giggly Box 4
10
8
Kamen Rider Saber The Movie / Kamen Rider Zero-One The Movie
Toei
3

Source:  Kogyo Tsushin (posted January 4th, 2020)

The Top Ten this week was mostly just a reshuffling of the films that were in the charts last week. First place went to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train, which is currently in its twelfth consecutive week in the Number One spot and is probably not going anywhere anytime soon. The Number Two spot went to Romance of the Three Kingdoms - The New Interpretation and Number Three went to Poupelle of Chimney Town, which is coming in one rank higher this week than it did in its opening weekend.

The only new film to join the Top Ten this week is the Japanese premiere of Peninsula, a zombie film originally released in South Korea back in July that was eventually released in the U.S. under the title Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula. The film Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, which came out the same day as the 23rd Pokémon movie, has already fallen out of the Top Ten.

The website Kogyo Tsushin is also reporting that the film has been seen by an additional 115,000 people over the weekend and earned 139 million yen. This puts the film's total at 517 million yen altogether.



 

 

 

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