Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Makes An Insane Amount At Japanese Box Office

Although Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions won't make its North American landfall until January, the full-length animated film opened at the Japanese box office in April, pulling in "133,010,600 yen (about US$1.2 million) in its first weekend," and according to Anime News Network, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has now "earned more than 1 billion yen (about US$9 million)."

In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, the stakes have never been higher; the rivalries never as fierce; the risks never so great. One wrong move—one card short—and it’s game over for good. A decade in the making, “Yu-Gi-Oh! THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS” features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator of the global phenomenon, Kazuki Takahashi. His masterful tale features anime’s most beloved characters in their long-awaited return: Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba and their faithful friends Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner and Bakura. It’s the most highly anticipated re-YU-nion ever!”

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Yu-Gi-Oh! is a gaming manga created by Kazuki Takahashi. The series was serialized in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from September 1996 until March 2004. The series follows Yugi Muto, a young boy who solves the ancient Millennium Puzzle and awakens an alter ego inside of him that solves conflicts using games.

Yu-Gi-Oh! has been adapted into two different anime series, first in 1998 by Toei Animation, then again by Studio Gallop. The Studio Gallop series ran from 2000-2004. There has also been three previous Yu-Gi-Oh! movies and several spinoffs. The Duel Monsters game from the series is the basis of the real world Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, which remains one of the best-selling trading card games in the world.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions hits theaters in the US on January 27, 2017! For the North American release, Dan Green and Eric Stuart are reprising their roles as the voices of Yugi Muto, and Seto Kaiba, respectively.