Always stronger, One Piece Red achieves a record start in France

In theaters since August 10 in France, the new film derived from Eiichiro Oda’s manga was one of the most anticipated releases of the summer.

The fifteenth film the saga imagined by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece Red, is one of the essential releases of this month of August. Visible in French theaters since August 10, the feature film was the victim of a big bad buzz, with chaotic previews, but was indeed one of the most anticipated novelties.

Luffy stronger than Brad Pitt or Buzz Lightyear

For several years, Japanese animated films have managed to attract an increasingly loyal French audience. The universe of Luffy seems more popular than ever (by exporting in particular in live series on Netflix) and One Piece Red once again proves that manga adaptations still work just as well. With more than 575,000 admissions for its first week in theatres, it achieved the thirteenth best start of the year.

The feature film even manages to do better than Bullet Train, Buzz Lightning or Morbius, which had failed to exceed 500,000 admissions in their first week of operation in France. To stay in the manga universe, One Piece Red does better than Jujutsu Kaisen 0which had also been talked about with catastrophic previews, and that Demon Slayer: The Infinity Train, both of which drew 347 and 350,000 viewers after a week in theaters. In total, these two feature films had ended their career in France with a respective total of 530,000 and 727,000 admissions for Demon Slayer.

A cult work that collects records

Another notable performance, One Piece Red manages to afford the first place at the box office of the week, ahead of Bullet Train, led by Brad Pitt. With an average of 912 spectators per print, there is therefore a good chance that the film will remain on screen for a few more weeks in French cinemas. The next objective is known, but of size: to aim for the million entries. ” It’s a real good start, this film created the event in the middle of August »said Nathalie Cieutat, deputy general manager of Pathé Films, exclusive distributor of the film.

Either way, this is another big performance for Luffy and his companions who are used to breaking records. A few days before the release of the film in France, the publisher of the manga announced that it had passed the bar of 500 million copies printed and sold. A total that allowed its author, Eichiiro Oda, to obtain a new title in the Guinness Book of Records, with “the comic book series with the most copies sold by a single author”. With other volumes to come and future versions, such as video games One Piece Odysseythe hype is not about to go down again.