“Space Battleship Yamato” rakes in nearly 1 billion in first 5 days

Film distributor Toho has announced the box office results for the live-action "Space Battleship Yamato" movie, which opened on 440 screens in Japan last week. Over the 5-day period between its opening on December 1 (Wednesday) and December 5 (Sunday), the film earned a total of 943,995,550 yen from 791,012 viewers.

Based on a survey administered by computer and mobile phone, Toho also announced some statistics about the viewing demographic. The audience was approximately 52% male and 48% female. The bulk of the viewers (44.4%) were in their 40s, with the next largest age groups being the 30s (19.0%), 50s (15.1%), and 20s (12.9%). As for occupation, 54.5% said they were company employees, while 16.3% were housewives.

The survey also asked viewers about their reasons for watching the movie. At 31.9%, the most common response was that they wanted to see a live-action version of "Yamato." 21.7% said they watched it because they liked the original "Yamato" anime series, and 15.8% said they went because it starred SMAP’s Takuya Kimura. 5.3% replied that they watched it because the special effects seemed amazing.

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“Space Battleship Yamato” co-creator Yoshinobu Nishizaki dies in accident at sea

Movie producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki passed away in an accident on Sunday afternoon. He was 75. Nishizaki was best known as one of the co-creators of the "Space Battleship Yamato" anime series, along with Leiji Matsumoto (72).

At around 12:35pm on November 7, the Coast Guard received word that Nishizaki had fallen into the water from a ship named YAMATO (485 tons), while it was docked at Futami Harbor of Chichi-jima (part of the Bonin Islands). A rescue boat was able to retrieve him about 20 minutes later, but he died shortly after that.

YAMATO had docked at Futami Harbor the night before. On the morning of the accident, the ship had completed a trial voyage within the harbor. Nishizaki was wearing a wetsuit and was apparently preparing for a dive at the time that he fell from the ship. The Coast Guard is currently investigating for more details about the accident.

In addition to "Space Battleship Yamato," Nishizaki’s works included the series "Wansa-kun," based on a character designed by Osamu Tezuka.