The second live-action film based on the popular series breaks the record set by the first film, with both films amassing 4.85 million tickets.
On September 7th, the official website for Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken) announced that as of September 4, the film has earned more than 2.5 billion yen (about US$22.6 million) after just 19 days in theaters. The film reached the 2.5 billion yen mark two days faster than the first film, which was reached after 21 days.
Both of the live-action films are based on Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama manga, and notably star Masaki Suda, who is famously known as Philip from Kamen Rider W. He played Shinpachi Shimura in both films.
The film opened in Japan on August 17 to 345 theaters, earning over 800 million yen (about US$7.27 million) in three days ranking it at #1 for its opening weekend. The movie sold 215,903 tickets for 279,910,100 yen (about US$2.54 million) on that Friday, 190,682 tickets for 260,606,100 yen (about US$2.37 million) on Saturday, and 194,210 tickets for 267,002,200 yen (about US$2.43 million) on Sunday.
The sequel’s story covers both the “Shinsengumi Crisis” and the “Shogun Reception” arcs, with the latter featuring the introduction of the Shogun. Additional cast includes Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura, and Masaki Okada as Kotarō Katsura.
Source: Anime News Network