One Piece Film Gold, the latest entry in the insanely popular Japanese series, earned a hugely impressive 1,155,771,000 yen (around US$10.87 million) in its opening weekend across the country, and is expected to end its run with over $56 million. It played in 743 screens, which is the widest ever theatrical release for a film in Japan.
The One Piece series follows a ragtag group of pirates as they embark on adventure across the high seas, with Film Gold seeing them trying to overthrow one of the richest men in the world. The original manga series by Eiichiro Oda sold 345 million copies worldwide, making it by far the bestselling manga of all time, so the success of the latest film comes as no surprise.
One Piece: Film Gold expands its release across the rest of Asia over the next several months, and will also receive limited theatrical releases in the US and UK at currently unspecified dates.
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