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Final box office earnings for ninth Pokémon movie announced

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The final box office earnings for the ninth Pokémon movie ''Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy'' (ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子 マナフィ, US title ''Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea'') have been revealed to be ¥3.4 billion (US$28.8 million), which are the second lowest earnings in history of Pokémon, falling just behind the fourth movie at ¥3.9 billion but ahead of the fifth movie at ¥2.67 billion. However, the ninth movie is the fifth-highest earning Toho movie of the year, facing stiff competition from Gorō Miyazaki's ''Tales from Earthsea'' (ゲド戦記), among others.
The situation is thought to be similar to the fifth movie - a dip in interest in between releases of major games in the series, and tough competition from other movies. Furthermore, unlike the other three Advanced Generation movies, the advance-ticket promotion did not involve a mainstream Pokémon RPG - this is also thought to have had an effect on sales.
''Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy'' will be released on Region 2 DVD in Japan tomorrow.