One Piece Movie: Red recently premiered in Japan and the film’s debut was as successful as expected.
Through its first week of being out in Japanese cinemas, One Piece Movie: Red has already grossed over ¥5 billion (~$37 million), according to an announcement from the film’s staff during an event at a screening at Tokyo’s Marunouchi Toei Theater (via Anime News Network). This follows the massive trend of the film’s opening weekend, where the film sold 1.58 million tickets for ¥2.254 billion (~$16.7 million), placing it at the top of the Japanese box office.
One Piece Movie: Red already surpasses its predecessor, One Piece Stampedeas the film has earned 78% more in its first two days than Stomped did in its first three days, even with One Piece Movie: Red opening a day later than Stomped did.
“Uta is the most beloved singer in the world. Known for hiding her own identity when she performs, her voice has been described as ‘otherworldly,'” reads the official synopsis for the film. “Now, for the first time, Uta will ever reveal themselves to the world at a live concert. As the venue fills with all manner of Uta fans – excited pirates, the fleet watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance – the voice the whole world has been waiting for is about to ring out. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is Shanks’ daughter.”
One Piece Movie: Red is directed by Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass) with a script written by Kuroiwa Tsuto (One piece movie Gold). The creator of One pieceEiichiro Oda, is an executive producer for the film.