Monday, October 11, 2021

In Japan, the film Gundam: Hathaway grossed over 2.2 billion yen at the box office.

As of Sunday, the anime film Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (Kid Senshi Gundam: Senk no Hathaway) had made a total of 2,209,628,200 yen (about US$19.57 million) at the Japanese box office. A total of 1,088,061 tickets have been sold for the film.

With a total of nearly 2.3 billion yen (about US$21 million), the 1982 anime film Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space holds the record for highest Japanese box office revenue. 

The film is the first Gundam film to surpass the 1 billion yen mark since Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack in 1988.

In its first three days at the box office, the picture sold 259,074 tickets for a total of 523,943,800 yen (about $4.77 million). During its first weekend, it was ranked #3 in terms of ticket sales.

After three delays, the film finally premiered in Japan on June 11th. The film was supposed to debut in Japan in July 2020, however it was postponed because to COVID-19. The film was initially postponed from May 7 to May 21, and then again owing to Japan's extended state of emergency declaration.

The film will be a trilogy, with Kid Senshi Gundam: Senk no Hathaway: San of Bright being the working title for the second instalment. The Japanese katakana characters "San" () can be read as "sun" or "son," according to the film's producer, Naohiro Ogata. The film's main character Hathaway Noa is the son of the character Bright Noa. According to Ogata, the second instalment will differ from Yoshiyuki Tomino's original novel series in some ways.

SOURCE: Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway anime's website, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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