One Piece Film: Red recently premiered in Japan, and the film’s debut was every bit as successful as anticipated.
Through its first week of being out in Japanese theaters, One Piece Film: Red has already earned over 5 billion yen (~$37 million) according to an announcement from the staff of the film during an event at a screening in Tokyo’s Marunouchi Toei theater (via Anime News Network). This follows the massive trend of the film’s opening weekend, which saw the movie selling 1.58 million tickets for 2.254 billion yen (~$16.7 million), putting it at the top of the Japanese box office.
One Piece Film: Red is already outpacing its predecessor, One Piece Stampede, as the film has earned 78% more in its first two days than Stampede did in its first three days, even with One Piece Film: Red opening a day later than Stampede did.
“Uta — the most beloved singer in the world. Renowned for concealing her own identity when performing, her voice has come to be described as ‘otherworldly,’” reads the official synopsis for the film. “Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans — excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance — the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is Shanks’ daughter.”
One Piece Film: Red is directed by Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass) with a script written by Kuroiwa Tsuto (One Piece Film Gold). The creator of One Piece, Eiichiro Oda, is an executive producer for the film.