Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno continues its gains in the Philippine box office as it earned PhP42.61 million in its first five days of screening from August 20 to 24.
This figure already supasses the total earnings of the first Rurouni Kenshin movie in its overall run from December 08, 2012 to mid-January, at just PhP40.4 million.
Kyoto Inferno previously broke the record for the biggest opening day earnings of any Japanese film and foreign language film in the Philippines at PhP7.3 million.
Francis Soliven, general manager of the movie’s local distributor Warner Bros. (F.E.), Inc., attributes most the movie’s box office success to the visit by its director and the main cast in Manila back on August 06 and 07.
“We’d like to thank the loyal fans of the franchise for their unwavering support and offer our congratulations to director Keishi Otomo and the cast led by Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei and Munetaka Aoki,” Soliven says as quoted by The Philippine Star. “The aforementioned talents graciously helped promote the film when they visited here for the Asian Premiere three weeks ago. We have no doubt that their visit enabled us to launch the film in the best way possible.”
Ticket sales at SM Megamall gave Kyoto Inferno the most ticket sales at PhP2.39 million, followed by Ayala Mall’s Trinoma at PhP2.16 million, and SM Cebu at PhP1.62 million.
Meanwhile, the film has earned about JPY3.7 billion (over PhP1.9 billion) in Japanese box office as of August 24, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.