The highly anticipated feature film Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM had a good start on first ten days of screening in Japan as it sold 1,215,558 tickets so far. As of February 5, the movie has earned 1,965,922,900 yen (13.24 million USD) on its first two weeks of screening.
It is now the fastest film released in Japan this year to break the one million earning mark.
The 4DX, MX4D, and Dolby Cinema(R) screenings will begin on February 9 which tickets are expected to go higher making this film a block buster hit.
The movie premiered in 352 theaters across Japan on January 26, earning 1,065,953,130 yen on its first weekend in the box office and made it to the #1 in the rankings. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM is the best first-week box office hit in the Gundam franchise so far.
The first top-grossing film in the Gundam franchise is Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space, the third of the compilation film series of the Mobile Suit Gundam TV anime series. The film earned 2.3 billion yen (15.5 million USD) in the box office in 1982.
The Japanese website Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM describes the movie as follows:
“Cosmic Era (C.E.)
An era where a genetically engineered humankind with enhanced brains and strength (Coordinators), and naturally born humankind (Naturals) exist together.
A war had previously raged on between the Coordinator and the Naturals in a clash of ideals in regards to their own self beings
During the time, the Destiny Plan had been brought up which would may have created a world without war, but each individuals would be forcibly given a role to play.
To protect the humanity’s freedom to choose their future and hope, the Destiny Plan was rejected in the battle.
With many sacrifices, the war had ended.
However despite so, conflict and hate between the two humankind still continue to happen throughout the world.”