The film has grossed approximately $400,000 from other Middle Eastern territories, including the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq.
MENA-based distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has announced that its latest release, Toei Animation’s One Piece Movie: Redthe 15thth film in the anime series, has topped the box office charts in Saudi Arabia and achieved the biggest opening ever for a Japanese anime in the market.
The film finished the weekend at number 1 ahead of DC’s Adam replied.
One Piece Movie: Red’s its opening weekend total (including previews) reached 61,000 admissions and a box office gross of $1.05 million, putting it 14% ahead of the previous record holder Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in terms of admissions, which debuted earlier this year, and 50% ahead Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. The film also had one of the biggest opening days ever for a PG-12 film in the kingdom and the second biggest opening day ever for an animated film behind Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru.
The film has already become the franchise’s highest-grossing film to date. In Japan, One Piece Movie: Red became the highest-grossing film at the start of the year Top Gun: Maverick and is now the sixth biggest anime of all time in the territory. The film also opened in North America via CrunchyRoll/Sony this weekend with $4.7 million on Friday (including previews).
Front Row has led the way in anime distribution in recent years in MENA, releasing several major properties including the previous One Piece Film, Stamped, Dragon Ball Super: Broly and Resurrection ‘F’, Attack On Titan: Chronicle and Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering with you among others. The company also represents the Studio Ghibli catalog in the region and has also handled the release of several Anime series such as The Promised Neverland, Akudama Drive and many others.
Eli Touma, Front Row’s head of distribution, said: “We’re delighted to see how well it’s doing One Piece Movie: Red performed this weekend. Japanese Animes are incredibly popular in the Middle East and especially in Saudi Arabia, and One Piece is the biggest property of them all. We are eager to continue serving this audience as they have long been underserved in this region.”
The film also opened strongly across the Middle East grossing over $400,000 to date in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. It is currently playing across all major cinema chains in the region in IMAX.