The latest box office figures from Japan show Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno earning more than JP¥800 million in its opening weekend, making it this year’s highest-earning live action film in the weekend box office.
The live-action movie’s Facebook page also posted this image to celebrate their top spot in the Japanese box office.
From its premiere last Friday until Sunday, the second film in the Rurouni Kenshin live-action trilogy earned JP¥822,734,430 (about ₱411 million) from 645,086 tickets.
If Friday’s earnings are excluded, since most Japanese films open on Saturdays, Kyoto Inferno sold 433,346 tickets for JP¥592,230,000 (about ₱296 million).
This sequel is expected to earn more than JP¥4 billion (about ₱2 billion) overall to surpass the earnings of the first film, its distributor in Japan says.
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno is set to open in the Philippines on Wednesday, August 20, which will be the film’s first premiere in Asia outside Japan.
Meanwhile, a new poster for Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends has just been released. It shows the lead Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) injured and lying on a beach, with a mysterious character standing behind him holding Kenshin’s Sakabatou.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends is set to premiere in Japan on Saturday, September 13, and in the Philippines on Wednesday, September 24.