XXXHOLiC live-action movie: 2nd week box office performance

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The XXXHOLiC live-action movie directed by Mika Ninagawa dropped to the 8th place in Japan’s box office on it’s second week, grossing a total of $295,141 (-56.5%).

The movie’s total domestic gross is now of US$2,882,403.

May 7th-9th weekend (Gross/Total Gross)

1st – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($9,337,114 / $9,337,114)
2nd – Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween ($3,040,033 / $53,371,256)
3rd – Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden ($1,093,629 / $11,281,299)
4th – Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore ($1,073,066 / $30,891,296)
5th – Radiation House ($551,481 / $4,622,406)
8th – XXXHOLiC ($295,141 / $2,882,403)

The numbers are all in US dollars.

Source: Box Office Mojo.

It’s also worthwhile checking XXXHOLiC‘s performance against the previous movies directed by Mika Ninagawa by their second week:

  • Sakuran (2006) – second week at #7 (Grossing: $670,913 / Total domestic gross by week 2: $1,615,641)
  • Helter Skelter (2012) – second week at #4 (Grossing: $2,152,782 / Total domestic gross by week 2: $10,263,918)
  • Diner (2019) – second week at #5 (Grossing: $1,398,350 / Total domestic gross by week 2: $5,921,261)
  • No Longer Human – second week at #5 (Grossing: $1,147,796 / Total domestic gross by week 2: $6,045,219)

It doesn’t seem like the movie is doing super well. It’s only winning against Sakuran at this point, but then again, maybe Sakuran‘s numbers have not been adjusted to reflect inflation over time.

One potential reason is the lack of a better distribution. So it depends on how many theaters the movie is actually showing.

They recently announced that from May 20th they will start screening sessions with audio commentary by the cast and director, as a strategy to make people go back and watch it again.

Let’s see how it goes in the coming weeks!

XXXHOLiC live-action movie: 1st week box office performance

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The XXXHOLiC live-action movie directed by Mika Ninagawa debuted on the 5th place in Japan’s box office on it’s opening week. It took a while for the numbers to come in, due to the Golden Week holiday in Japan.

The movie grossed US$678,321 in its opening weekend (April 29th-May 1st) and US$1,450,436 after 9 days since its release.

April 29th – May 1st weekend (Gross/Total Gross)

1st – Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween ($5,665,453 / $40,330,183)
2nd – Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden ($2,191,837 / $6,726,318)
3rd – Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore ($2,166,432 / $26,088,958)
4th – Free! The Final Stroke Part 2 ($987,323 / $3,215,116)
5th – XXXHOLiC ($678,321 / $1,450,436)

The numbers are all in US dollars.

Source: Box Office Mojo.

I honestly expected a much better performance, I don’t know how much the pandemic caused an impact on it — probably not much considering how well the Detective Conan movie is doing. Also, I’ve been informed that the movie is not being screened in a lot of theaters, which could mean that the distribution is not as wide as the other movies in positions 1-4. If there are less screens showing the movie, you will end up having less grossing.

There are many ways to measure if a movie was successful, the most common of them being whether it profited enough to cover its productions costs. Unfortunately, at this point it is unknown how much was the production cost for the XXXHOLiC movie.

It’s also worthwhile checking XXXHOLiC‘s performance against the previous movies directed by Mika Ninagawa:

  • Sakuran (2006) – debuted at #6 (First weekend gross: $370,831 / Total domestic gross: $5,973,534)
  • Helter Skelter (2012) – debuted at #4 (First weekend gross: $2,937,152 / Total domestic gross: $24,231,554)
  • Diner (2019) – debuted at #3 (First weekend gross: $1,756,882 / Total domestic gross: $9,673,094)
  • No Longer Human – debuted at #4 (First weekend gross: $1,566,799 / Total domestic gross: $10,452,114)

Only Sakuran (2012) had a slightly worse performance than XXXHOLiC, but given that the numbers are from 2012, I honestly don’t know if they have been corrected to reflect inflation over the years (I don’t think so). Helter Skelter had a really good opening weekend, the best of all five Ninagawa movies, and the best total grossing as well.

There are two things to keep an eye out from now on: 1) how the XXXHOLiC movie goes in the next weekends (maybe it will have a timid, but long run); 2) Due to CLAMP’s international appeal, there is a possibility of having the XXXHOLiC movie opening in other countries, which would of course contribute to its total grossing. The same happened with Sakuran and Helter Skelter (both also manga adaptations).

Considering that at this point the movie is not getting distributed massively, one could say that it was a good first week performance. Let’s hope that it will open in more screens in the next weeks.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 62

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CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #2 cover

The cover of Tokyo Babylon #2 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition has been announced!

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As it was previously shared by CLAMP in one of their twitter spaces, we have Hokuto and Subaru on the cover and the color this time is yellow, just like the classic series. We can also see some of the more contemporary, hip-hop fashion elements on this cover that Mokona-sensei said that she wanted to include.

It looks super great!

The first and second volumes will be released on June 3, with two volumes coming out every month.

Here’s the full release schedule for Tokyo Babylon in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

June 3rd, 2022: volumes 1 & 2
July 4th, 2022: volumes 3 & 4
August 4th, 2022: volumes 5 & 6
September 2nd: volume 7

The official Twitter account of Young Ace magazine (Kadokawa’s current official magazine for all things CLAMP) has made a short promotional video about it, just like they did for volume 1:

BREAKING: XXXHOLiC Rei to be resumed in Japanese Spring, 2023!

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The official guidebook for XXXHOLiC Rei was released today in Japan and with it came the announcement that, after 6 years (7 years if you consider the release of volume 4), the serialization of XXXHOLiC Rei will be resumed in Young Magazine in Japanese Spring, 2023!

Some websites specialized in manga and anime culture, such as Comic Natalie, are also reporting it.

Next Spring in Japan will kind of coincide with the series’ 20th Anniversary — which is actually in February.

It might also indicate that Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc could be over or very near its ending by then. Unless, of course, CLAMP want to link both series towards the end, in which case we might see Clear Card for a little longer.

This makes completely sense after all the different adaptations (theater, live action movie) and new versions coming out. Not to mention XXXHOLiC Rei seemed the most likely to be picked up after Clear Card — after all, it’s hard to believe that Kodansha would be left without a CLAMP series for long.

It’s good to have a confirmation, even though it’s still a year ahead!

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #12 second week sales report

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The twelfth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 16th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 43,536 copies sold in its second week of sales for the regular edition. The Special Edition (Big Art Trump Cards Set) this time didn’t make it to the top 50.

Overall, combining the known sales of regular and special editions, volume 12 has sold an estimate of 93,352 copies after two weeks.

While these numbers are good for a second week, this is unfortunately the lowest overall sales by the second week for a Clear Card volume yet. Probably the pre-orders had a big influence on these numbers but it’s still something to think about.

As usual, it is always worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and preorders are likely not taken into account. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon.

The chart below shows the progress in the sales of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ over the weeks and compares it with previous volumes’ performances (click on it for dynamic version):

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #19 cover

The cover of XXXHOLiC #19 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition has been announced!

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It will be released on May 6 and it’s the final XXXHOLiC volume for CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION. It can be ordered via Amazon Japan.

So indeed we had Watanuki all by himself and what’s more, doing the exact same pose as Yuuko in volume 1 cover, except it’s mirrored:

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It’s been a fun ride waiting for these new covers every month! Now it’s Tokyo Babylon‘s time!

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #12 first week sales report

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The twelfth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 9th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 33,090 copies sold in its first week of sales for the regular edition.  The Special Edition (Big Art Trump Cards Set) landed in the 29th position, selling 16,726 copies.

Combining the sales of the regular and special editions together, volume 12 sold an estimate of 49,816 copies.

This is the lowest first week sales for a Clear Card volume yet. However, it’s worth pointing out the short amount of exposure that it had. The sales period covered by the ranking goes from March 28th to April 3rd. As you know, volume 12 of Clear Card was released on April 1st. Therefore, those sales numbers account for only 3 days of sale — which is less than half of the week.

It’s also worth mentioning that while the regular edition landed in the 9th position, the first 8 titles are not published by Kodansha. Meaning Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ volume 12 was this week’s most sold title published by Kodansha.

Finally, it is always worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and preorders are likely not taken into account. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon.

The chart below shows the progress in the sales of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ over the weeks and compares it with previous volumes’ performances (click on it for dynamic version):

Next week we will probably have a more bird’s-eye view on how the sales for volume 12 went.

Card Captor Sakura TV Anime 25th Anniversary project

The TV Anime of Card Captor Sakura is celebrating today 24 years since its original broadcast. The first episode of the original TV Anime adaptation was aired on April 7th of 1998 in NHK channel.

To celebrate, it’s been announced that a 25th Anniversary project was launched.

A series of special events and goods based on the original and Clear Card series are scheduled for the coming year, while gearing up for April 7th, 2023, when the 25th Anniversary will be officially celebrated.

A new key visual has been released, featuring Sakura from Clear Card, inspired by the classic key visual from the original series:

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Moreover, the official Card Captor Sakura twitter account asked fans to stay tuned for future announcements and fans are speculating that it could be the much anticipated Clear Card Season 2 announcement:

The series’ sound director, Mima Masafumi, who very seldom tweets about Card Captor Sakura, has retweeted an article about the 25th Anniversary that was published on a Japanese website, contributing for the speculation of a Season 2 being in production:

I personally think the timing is perfect to tie in with the manga ending. It’s really extremely hard to believe that a series with the magnitude of Card Captor Sakura will be left with its anime adaptation unfinished.

It will be at least a year long of celebrations so stay tuned!

XXXHOLiC Live Action movie: limited illustration card and comment by CLAMP

With the opening date for the XXXHOLiC live action moving drawing near, it’s been announced today that a limited amount of cards illustrated by CLAMP will be distributed to those to come to watch the movie at the theaters. They don’t specify how many postcards will be available.

In the new illustration, the cast of XXXHOLiC can be seen wearing the same costumes as seen in the movie. The setting is also akin to the movie.

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Moreover, CLAMP released a formal comment for the first time since the movie announcement:

Which can be roughly translated as:

The work called “XXXHOLiC”, for which director Mika Ninagawa loves it deeply,
the wish for wanting to see the “picture” and “story” that she envisions has come true.

As original authors,
we are very happy as a movie fan.

In return, director Mika Ninagawa tweeted:

Which can be roughly translated as:

What a great message!!!

Moreover, everyone’s in their movie outfits in the new drawn illustration!
What should I do,
I’m so happy I could die…

Despite this, CLAMP and Mika Ninagawa are still not following each other on twitter, as they once did.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, XXXHOLiC live action movie twitter, Mika Ninagawa twitter

I’m really happy about this because for the first time in months (and about time, really), we have an official statement from CLAMP.

They have spoken informally about the movie in some of their twitter spaces, but always very briefly. The postcard is a nice gift to the fans, too. I’m glad they did it.

I did notice, however, that CLAMP’s comments were not included in the movie official website along with everyone else’s. They can be seen only in the News section that talks about the postcard.

There are many ways to interpret CLAMP’s comment. They were, of course, very polite. But the impression I had reading the comment is that the movie is Mika Ninagawa’s vision entirely, which makes perfect sense given that she’s the director. I do wonder if there were any disagreements between her and CLAMP, which led to this “distant” approach from CLAMP.

Could this be an olive branch? I hope so.