Japan’s One Piece Film Red Anime Defeats Hollywood At China’s Box Office

Over the weekend, the Japanese animated film “One Piece Film Red” surpassed its rival for the top spot in China. A major success in Japan, this is the fifteenth installment in the “One Piece” film series based on the manga by Oda Eiichiro. It has earned JPY18.5 billion in Japan as of November 27th, making it the highest-grossing picture in Japan in 2022.

Furthermore, it is the ninth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and the sixth highest-grossing anime film of all time. One Piece Film Red was released in China on Thursday. Based on data from consultant Artisan Gateway, it made $10.5 million in its first four days, with $7.9 million (RMB56 million) generated between Friday and Sunday.

Japan’s One Piece Film Red Anime Defeats Hollywood at China’s Box Office

The previous weekend’s number one, “Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween,” fell to second place. It made $1.8 million (RMB12.7 million) over the weekend, bringing its total earnings since its release on November 18 to $19.4 million. On the fourth weekend of “The Tipping Point release, “it made RMB6.6 million ($900,000). After nearly four weeks in theaters, it had earned $21.3 million.

After three weekends in theaters, “Farewell, Beijing” grossed a total of $6.2 million, or RMB4.0 million (about $600,000). Earning RMB 3.1 million (about $400,000), “Homecoming” contributed to the film’s overall gross of $222 million, making it China’s highest-grossing film of all time. That’s gained over the course of two months, from September 30 onwards.


The COVID crisis and the government’s responses to it have kept Chinese businesspeople preoccupied. For the better part of a week, daily new cases have averaged over 30,000 nationally. Wednesday of last week, the federal government revealed changes that signal a softening of its most stringent control measures.

However, the actual direction in which implementation is heading depends on the circumstances in each province, city, and district. The Hainan Island International Film Festival had to be postponed, and only four days after reopening, Shanghai Disneyland was shut down.

Because of this, the film distribution and exhibition industries are unable to function at full capacity or make long-term plans. The impending “Avatar 2” release scope will provide valuable insight.


According to data compiled by Artisan Gateway, the most recent weekend’s domestic box office was a meager $13.1 million. Year-to-date, we are $4.02 billion short, or 36 percent below our target year of 2021.

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One Piece Picture Red, an animated Japanese film, dethroned its Chinese counterpart over the weekend. This is the sixteenth film in the “One Piece” film series, adapted from the manga by Oda Eiichiro. Up to the 27th of November, it held the record for the highest-grossing film in Japan in 2022 with earnings of JPY18.5 billion.

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