The live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi’s action comedy manga “Gintama” has achieved success at the Japanese box office, far exceeding analyst expectations.
It has been revealed that the film has sold more than 1.3 million tickets and earned 1.78 billion yen in the 11 days since its release on July 14, becoming the most successful Japanese live-action film this year so far.
The Shun Oguri (“Lupin The Third“, “Nobunaga Concerto“)-starring film was released to 335 screens across Japan on July 14, crossing the one million mark in admissions in only eight days.
Special screening events for fans will be held in Tokyo, Osaka, Aichi, Fukuoka, Hokkaido that will allow theatergoers to wear silver or red wigs and glasses (full-cosplay are forbidden) and bring light sticks and musical instruments to celebrate the success, and will premiere a special prerecorded talk from the lead actors and director.
The first episode of the three-episode web drama based on the “Mitsuba Arc” of the manga has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube in its first three days. It also premiered on NTT DoCoMo’s online video streaming service dTV on the same day as the film, quickly becoming the service’s most watched web drama and attracting more than twice the viewers than the previous champion “Attack on Titan: Beacon for Counterattack” in August 2015.