Viz Free Manga iPad App Launchs

VIZManga-FrontSince this is Anime related, we’ll pass along the news that VIZ Media has announced its digital Manga (graphic novel) application for the Apple® iPad™ mobile device, which launched yesterday for FREE download through the iTunes Store.

Additionally: “DEATH NOTE Vol. 1 will be available as a FREE download for a limited time only. Readers are encouraged to check the app regularly, as new additions to the store and free Chapter 1 previews of other forthcoming manga series for the iPad will also be featured and added on a frequent and regular basis.

BLEACH Vols. 1-2, DEATH NOTE Vols. 1-2, DRAGON BALL Vol. 1, NARUTO Vols. 1-2, and ONE PIECE Vols. 1-2, as well as the recently launched BAKUMAN Vol. 1.
In Week 2, the shojo fan favorite OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB Vol. 1 joins the lineup. All volumes will be available for purchase and download directly within the application for $4.99 per volume.”

Box Office: Dragonball debut is a dud

Dragonball Evolution (2009)The weekend’s one fantasy film debut, DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION, was a dud at the box office. Directed by James Wong (FINAL DESTINATION), the adaptation of the popular anime franchise failed to ignite despite the presence of Chow Yun-Fat (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) and James Marsters (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER). Making its debut in 2,181 North American theatres, the film earned only $4.76-million, bouncing into 8th place.
As for returning fantasy, science fiction, and horror films…
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS dropped one slot into third place on its third weekend of release, earning $21.8-million for a U.S. total of $140.2-million.
KNOWING saw its I.Q. decay one point for a fifth place weekend showing of $6.4-million and a four-week total of $67.77-million.
THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT foreclosed on $5.9-million, good enough for 7th place, down from 3rd last week. Film has earned $46.49-million after three weekends in theatres.
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN dropped out of the Top Ten, skidding from #8 to #11 with $1.9-million. After five weeks, the U.S. total is 461.96-million.

Read the complete Top Ten here.