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IMAX Update | Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet opens strong in Japan
The 23rd film in the popular Detective Conan franchise (known as Case Closed in the United States) is a hit in Japan. Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet had a great opening weekend in its native Japan as it brought in $1.2 million. As it was only shown on 38 IMAX screens, that means each screen brought in $32,000. That’s the third-highest IMAX opening weekend since the pandemic began behind Demon Slayer and Shin Evangelion.
As far as all-time records Detective Conan: Scarlet Bullet achieved, it’s now the 4th highest opening IMAX screen for a local Japanese title and was just 5 percent behind Weathering With You‘s opening. It’s the third-highest IMAX opening day for a local film in Japan and the 8th highest IMAX opening ever in the country, passing Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As always, the film series based on the popular anime and manga of the same name features shrunken detective Shinichi Kudo as he poses as Conan Edogawa and solves crimes. The latest film revolves around an Olympics-like sports festival and a high-speed bullet train.
Elsewhere, Godzilla vs. Kong brought in $1.4 million this weekend to raise its IMAX total to $35 million. A re-release of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brought in $700,000 in China and Russia, raising it to $1.3 million since being brought back to theaters.
Next week will see Mortal Kombat open on 334 IMAX screens, while Demon Slayer will have Thursday previews and select showings over the weekend. Plus, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final will release in Japan, and Wrath of Man opens in Russia.