The Ni no Kuni movie recently debuted in Japanese cinemas on 23 August 2019 and immediately bombed to seventh place of the Japanese weekend box office for 24 & 25 August 2019.
Raking in just a disappointing Â¥140 million, the movie failed to make even half of what Dragon Quest Your Story made in its opening weekend (Â¥309 million).
Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You has regained its top spot at the box office after falling behind Disney’s remake of The Lion King last week. During the weekend, Weathering With You sold more than 300,000 tickets and earned Â¥421 million yen.
It’s hard to pinpoint why the Ni no Kuni movie has failed to get the attention of Japanese moviegoers. Personally, I believe the fault lies in the release window rather than the movie itself. Being released around the same time as a Makoto Shinkai film, a new Disney film, and also ONE PIECE STAMPEDE will definitely make your movie seem less appealing.
For now, there’ still no announcement of a worldwide release of the Ni no Kuni and I wouldn’t advice fans to wait up. Even Dragon Quest Your Story isn’t scheduled for a worldwide release.
The only noteworthy Japanese moving coming soon to Malaysia cinemas is Weathering With You and it comes out 5 September 2019.