Japan Weekend Box Office 06/02 – 06/04. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” Keeps 1st Place Spot. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Monster” Debuts at 3rd

The weekend movie box office ranking from June 2 to June 4 has been released and “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” kept its first place spot from last weekend while “Fast X” kept the second place spot. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” had 379,000 moviegoers and box office revenue of 576 million yen bringing the cumulative total to 7,675,000 moviegoers and revenue of 10,961 million yen. Newly released films that were able to rank within the top 10 include Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Monster” which premiered at Cannes Film Festival last month and took home the prizes for Best Screenplay and Queer Palm. “The Samurai Who Went Beyond Admiration and Became World Champions” also ranked within the top 10. 


Director of films such as “Shoplifter” and “Nobody Knows”, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new film “Monster”, attracted 231,000 moviegoers and grossed 325 million yen in its first weekend. The story follows an incident that occurred in an elementary school and due to serious accusations the media becomes involved. It was the first Japanese film to win the Queer Palm Award, which is given to films that deal with LGBT and queer issues. Ryuichi Sakamoto was in charge of the music and it was the last piece of work that he provided music for before his death in April 2023. Cast members include Sakura Ando, Eita Nagayama, Soya Kurokawa, Yota Hiiragi, and Yuko Tanaka. 


In 6th place, “The Samurai Who Went Beyond Admiration and Became World Champions” is a three-week limited-release documentary that closely follows the players and staff of the Japanese national baseball team and how they won the WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC tournament held in March 2023. The theme song is sung by singer-songwriter Aimyon. 


Japan Box Office Ranking Top 10 (June 2 to June 4)

  1. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (week 6) (–)
  2. Fast X (week 3) (–)
  3. Monster (NEW)
  4. Detective Conan: Black Iron Submarine (week 8) (–)
  5. Rohan at the Louvre (week 2) (↓ 1)
  6. The Samurai Who Went Beyond Admiration and Became World Champions (NEW)
  7. Tokyo MER: Mobile Emergency Room The Movie (week 6) (↓ 2)
  8. IDOLiSH7 Movie: LIVE 4bit BEYOND THE PERiOD (week 3) (↓ 2)
  9. The First Slam Dunk (re-entry) (week 27)
  10. Hard Days (week 3) (↓ 3)

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