BLUE GIANT Anime Film Sells 350,000 Tickets, Posting Striking Jazz Performance Clip
The official Twitter for the anime film adaptation of Shinichi Ishizuka’s jazz-themed manga BLUE GIANT announced today that its attendance in Japan had surpassed 350,000 in 20 days since its release. To commemorate the box office success, a special performance clip from the film is now streamed.
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The tune performed in the clip is “N.E.W.” composed by pianist Yukinori Sawabe for JASS, a trio that he, the protagonist saxophone player Dai Miyamoto, and drummer Shunji Tamada have formed. Among their performances, the video spotlights Dai’s solo play.
— 映画『BLUE GIANT』公式アカウント|大ヒット上映中！ (@bluegiant_movie) March 9, 2023
The 120-minute film was released in 200 theaters across Japan on February 17, 2023, then ranked eighth in its opening weekend. Contrary to the slightly lackluster first-week results, audiences gave the film a very high rating. It ranked No.1 on Filmarks’ first-day satisfaction ranking with an average rating of 4.3/5.0 based on 1,667 reviews, which was higher than Makoto Shinkai’s latest feature Suzume, which got 4.00/5.0 based on 6,585 reviews last November.
After dropping one spot to ninth place in its second weekend, thanks to great word-of-mouth feedback from the audience, the film moved up three places and ranked sixth in its third weekend, higher than its first week’s eighth place. The film has earned 480 million yen (3.73 million USD) in total so far.
Source: “BLUE GIANT” film official Twitter
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