Four new releases revitalized the Japanese box office last weekend, boosting business across the board as audiences reacted to new options at the cinemas. Meitantei Conan Private Eye 2013 was the undisputed winner, grossing $7.2 million in its opening weekend and amassing a $20,939 per-screen average. Crayon Shin-Can 2013 opened at distant second with $2.4 million, still outgrossing the debut for Lincoln, which opened with $1.7 million. The biggest story, however, comes from the limited release of Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki No Deja Vu. The Japanese film was only rolled out to 18 screens but managed to gross a surprising $931,273. The gross translates into a massive $51,738 per-screen average, the highest of the weekend. The only other film to have made the list after screening in under 300 theaters was Fune Wo Amu, whose $3,695 per-screen gross came from 238 theaters.
Box Office Results for Japan. April 19-21, 2013.