10th One Piece Theatrical Opens Big in Japan

The 10th One Piece animated movie, One Piece Film Strong World, which opened on Dec. 12th in Japan has been doing great at the box office, scoring a 1.03 billion yen (approximately $11.7 million) during its opening weekend.

The 10th films in the long-running anime hit series opened on 199 screens and set a domestic per-screen average record of 5.52 million yet (approximately $62,000).

The One Piece manga was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump in August of 1997. It centers on the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, young boy who develops supernatural abilities by eating a magical fruit, and his ragtag crew of heroic pirates, who set out to uncover a fantastic treasure.

A factor contributing to the robust opening was the special edition OnePiece Volume 0 manga handed out exclusively to those in attendance. Toei Animation printed an additional 1 million copies to keep up with fan demands.

Another big reason for the movie’s success was the fact that the show’s original creator Eiichrio Oda wrote the script and was supervising the production of the film. The movie was directed by Munehisa Sakai.