December 17, 2009
Tokyo ‐ Toei Animation’s One Piece Film Strong World was launched in Japan and bowed to a strong 1.038 billion yen (approximately US$ 11.7 million) in two‐days weekend opening. The 10th One Piece animated film in the long-running hit anime series opened on 188 screens with a domestic record‐setting per‐screen average of 5.52 million yen (US$ 62,200). The first day totals tallied up to 553 million yen (US$ 6.24 million), and 485 million yen (US$ 5.47 million) on the following day. Contributing to the robust opening was the special edition One Piece Volume 0 manga handed out exclusively to those in attendance. Toei Animation Co. Ltd. printed an additional 1 million copies to keep up with unprecedented demand. Strong World is the first One Piece movie to have its creator Eiichiro Oda as the writer of the film’s original story and supervising the production of the movie.