Youkai Watch Surpasses the Latest Star Wars Movie in Attendance


The latest movie from the Youkai Watch franchise titled “Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!” surpassed the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie in theaters attendance in Japan in its first two days since opening on Saturday.


This second film from the Youkai Watch franchise sold 974,557 tickets on 434 screens for 1,057,808,800 yen ($8.714 million) in its first two days, which topped Star Wars: The Force Awakens (800,258 tickets on 958 screens) in tickets sold in those same two days, however, the latest Star Wars movie opened in Japan on Friday instead of Saturday, so in its first two days of attendance (from Friday to Sunday), it sold 1.04 million tickets on 958 screens. It also earned more on its first three days, 1.6 billion yens ($13 million).

Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daioh to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan! sold more than one million tickets in advance, considered the highest number of advance tickets sold in the entire 82-year history of TOHO, the film’s distributor. TOHO announced back in November 2014 that they want to make Youkai Watch a long-running show like Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, Detective Conan or Pokémon.

Synopsis of Youkai Watch by MAL:

Animated adaptation of Level-5’s Nintendo 3DS video game.

While going deeper into the woods one day, primary school student Keita Amano (‘Nate’ in the English localisation) notices a bizarre capsule toy machine who tells him to insert money which he obeyingly does. But after opening the capsule that came out, a ghostly creature named Whisper materialises. Whisper, who was sealed inside the capsule, rewards his liberator Keita by becoming his Yo-kai butler and gives him a Yo-kai Watch. Whoever wears the watch gains the ability to see supernatural creatures called Yo-kai, each type possessing different kinds of magical abilities, and which are normally invisible to humans. The Yo-kai Watch also allows the wearer to summon any Yo-kai they have befriended, enabling the wearer to make use of the Yo-kai’s powers. Using it, Keita and Whisper encounter many mischievous Yo-kai around town, resolving the trouble they’re causing and befriending many at the same time.

Source – ANN