The market survey firm Oricon reports that the 61st volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga sold 2,086,080 copies between its first official day of sales (February 4) and February 6. It is the first book to sell over 2 million copies in just three days since Oricon began reporting its book ranking charts in April of 2008. This volume topped the previous fastest-selling record held by the 60th volume, which sold 2,094,123 copies in four days in November.
At a retail price of 420 yen, this one volume grossed up to 876,153,600 yen (about US$10.6 million) over the Friday-Sunday period. The top-grossing film in Japan, the first live-action Gantz film, "only" made $4,747,154 this past Saturday and Sunday. Even in its opening weekend the week before, the Gantz film made less money at $7,252,554.
40 of the manga's 61 volumes were also in the top 100 chart this past week. The One Piece Saishūhen The 15th Log summary book went on sale on February 4 and sold 48,326 copies to rank #8 on the comic sales chart.
The 61st volume already holds a record for having 3.8 million copies published in its first print run. The series overall now has more than 200 million copies in print.