Kingdom 2 Harukanaru Daichi e (To the Land of Faraway), the live-action movie based on Yasuhisa Hara’s historical adventure manga Kingdom, earned 1.3 billion yen in its initial 4 day run.
The movie was released in 373 theatres on July 15. The movie is the highest grossing live action movie in Japan of 2022.
In its opening weekend the movie earned 797 million yen which was 151% of its predecessor’s earning. The first movie was the highest grossing live-action film of 2019 in Japan of Japanese origin.
The sequel had a footfall of 527,000 on its first weekend. In addition, the footfall the movie received in its first 4 days was 934,000 and made 168.8% more revenue than its predecessor.
The sequel movie has also received a critical acclaim and ranked no. 1 on Filmarks ranking with 4.01/5.0 based on 4777 reviews.
Weekend box office Top 10 in Japan (July 16-17, 2022)
(ticket sales basis)
1. “Kingdom 2” – 1.379 billion yen
2. “Minions: The Rise of Gru” – 900 million yen
3. “Top Gun: Maverick” – 9.2 billion yen
4. “Thor: Love and Thunder” – 1 billion yen
6. “Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO”
7. “My Boyfriend in Orange”
8. “Laid-Back Camp: Movie”
9. “The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie” – 2 billion yen
10. “Elvis” – 340 million yen
The first film, Kingdom was released in Japan in April 2019 and grossed 690,219,500 yen (about US$6.17 million) in its first three days, selling 506,861 tickets. The picture later sold a total of 4.11 million tickets for 5,471,938,400 yen (about US$50.42 million), earning a total of 5.73 billion yen (approximately US$53.2 million).
Kingdom is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump since January 2006, with its chapters collected in sixty-four tankōbon volumes as of February 2022.
The series was adapted into a three-season anime television series by Studio Pierrot. A fourth season will premiere in April 2022.
As of February 2022, the Kingdom manga had over 87 million copies, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. In 2013, the manga won the Grand Prize of the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
Kingdom provides a fictionalized account of the Warring States period primarily through the experiences of the war orphan Xin and his comrades as he fights to become the greatest general under the heavens, and in doing so, unifying China for the first time in 500 years.
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