Death Note: Light Up the New World Opens at Number One in Japan

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The newly-released Death Note: Light Up the New World just opened at number one in Japan's box office. According to ANN, the manga-inspired film made about $4.37 million in its opening weekend, and sold over 306,385 tickets. It may not seem much if you compare it to U.S. box office sales, but it's actually close to beating the record for the 8th highest-grossing film in Japan, which is currently held by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I'm not usually a fan of live-action films based on anime and manga, but the Death Note films have been impressive, and this one is a sequel to the 2006 film Death Note: The Last Name, which is definitely worth watching. Note that this story is not connected to Netflix's live-action American adaptation that's expected to release next year.

As you can see in the trailer below, the story centers on six Death Notes instead of just one, and apparently, the three main characters are after it.