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Transformers Takes Top Spot at the Japanese Box Office

Postby Hotrod » Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:58 pm

The Transformers Movie is doing very well overseas, and Japan is no exception. According to VarietyAsiaOnline.com the film is currently number one at the Japanese box office:

"TOKYO -- Opening on Saturday (Aug 4) on 600 screens, the Michael Bay-helmed "Transformers" jumped straight to the top of the Japanese weekend B.O. with a two-day total of Y631.3 million ($5.35 million.) That spelled more than "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ," which took in $4.04 million over the weekend.
The "Transformers" figure is 16% better than the $4.6 million opening weekend for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" ( Japan cume: $57.5 million) and 6% better than the $5.07 million of "Mission Impossible III" (Japan cume $43.4 million), both of which bowed in the same summer period.
"Transformers" also compares favorably with Bay's previous smash "Armageddon," which opened in Japan with $5.87 million and went on to make $114 million in 1998. With the Japanese exhibition circuit considerably smaller than today, "Armageddon" had a lesser number of prints.
Looking at the strong early numbers, and the higher than expected female auds, distributor United International Pictures is predicting a $59 million final tally for "Transformers." "
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Postby ralphatron » Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:19 pm

Japanese girls are hot.
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Postby Flashwave » Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:47 pm

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This isn't a surprise. TF seems to be aking the tops for it's opening. It's jsut everyone goes to see it THEN, and we don't hold on in other wweks.
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Postby j-man » Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:13 pm

The Japanese love their TF cause they know the way of the samurai...

and yes Japanese Girls are hot....
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Postby Nemesis Cyberplex » Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:15 pm

Gee, a blockbuster giant robot movie doing well in Japan. Who would've figured?

How much anybody wanna bet that while we're over here arguing about wether or not Prime should have a mouth or flames, they're arguing about how all the Transformers need insecure teenage pilots?
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Postby Autobot_Prowl » Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:31 pm

Transformers rules!!! Here in Portugal all the 4 times that i saw the movie the room capacity was almost 100% full even on the 4th week of the movie release. I'm waiting now for Transformers 2 and for the DVD realese of this movie.
Great job Michael Bay i hope that Transformers 2 will be even better!
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Postby Liege Evilmus » Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:12 pm

ralphatron wrote:Japanese girls are hot.


All the way around, HOW AM I NOT SUPRIZED :grin:

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Postby Starscreams bad comedy » Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:00 pm

Nemesis Cyberplex wrote:Gee, a blockbuster giant robot movie doing well in Japan. Who would've figured?

How much anybody wanna bet that while we're over here arguing about wether or not Prime should have a mouth or flames, they're arguing about how all the Transformers need is naughty tentacles and insecure teenage pilots to molest?


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Postby Raymond101 » Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:15 pm

I love Japan. I went there in 2005 and had the time of my life.

If there are any rightful successors to Transformers, it is Japan. I hope the toy line sells reasonably well over there too (I'm sure they can see through Leader Megatron's bullshit though)
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Postby Nemesis Cyberplex » Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:36 pm

Starscreams bad comedy wrote:
Nemesis Cyberplex wrote:Gee, a blockbuster giant robot movie doing well in Japan. Who would've figured?

How much anybody wanna bet that while we're over here arguing about wether or not Prime should have a mouth or flames, they're arguing about how all the Transformers need is naughty tentacles and insecure teenage pilots to molest?


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Actually I was thinking more about stuff like Macross, Gundam, Evangelion.....insecure teenage pilots, generally male, who are usually extremely timid untill their buddy gets killed & then they go all emo & have themselves a killing spree.
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Postby lodelco » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:05 am

Raymond101 wrote:I love Japan. I went there in 2005 and had the time of my life.

If there are any rightful successors to Transformers, it is Japan. I hope the toy line sells reasonably well over there too (I'm sure they can see through Leader Megatron's bullshit though)


How is Japan the rightful succesor to Transformers? Sure the toyline originated from Japan but the Transformers name and lore came from America itself.
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Postby Auto Bot » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:18 am

I've expected Transformers to clobber all other movies in Japan.

Till all are one!
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Postby Raymond101 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:21 am

lodelco wrote:
Raymond101 wrote:I love Japan. I went there in 2005 and had the time of my life.

If there are any rightful successors to Transformers, it is Japan. I hope the toy line sells reasonably well over there too (I'm sure they can see through Leader Megatron's bullshit though)


How is Japan the rightful succesor to Transformers? Sure the toyline originated from Japan but the Transformers name and lore came from America itself.


If you had to pick the best designed mecha robots from any country, which one would you pick?

This is not denying the ingenuity of the American G1 cartoon (and believe me, I love Beast Wars and Beast Machines). But I am asserting the undeniable creativity of the Japanese when it comes to designing giant robots, anyone whos watched any anime at all will know what I am talking about. There are some horrible ones out there, but I would say the awesome ratio to the crap is 80:20.
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Postby Auto Bot » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:31 am

Are we talking about toys or cartoon?

I'll deal with the toys.

For me, up to the time of G1 Transformers, during the 80s, my best pick would be the Macross Valkerie-Gerwalk-Battroid. He was the best design during that time. And the most realistic.

I eventually fell in love with Transformers. Although most of the G1 toys are still bad. Some were quite cool. Like Prowl, Sideswipe, Trailbraker, and their respective look-alikes.

In the recent years, I've give the best toys designs to Transformers Movie Toys.
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