'Avatar' tops 10 billion yen in Japan

Cameron film remains atop weekend boxoffice

TOKYO -- “Avatar” has passed the 10 billion yen mark ($111 million), as the top three films remained unchanged over the weekend; “Valentine's Day” took the fourth spot.

Over 6.5 million Japanese people have helped “Avatar” reach the 10 billion milestone in 50 days. It took “Titanic” 82 days.

“Oceans” has pulled in 1.8 billion yen ($20 million) during its four-week run, and is on course to break the boxoffice record for a nature documentary. The film, which opened last October's Tokyo International Film Festival, is distributed domestically by Gaga. The festival and the distributor are headed by Tatsumi 'Tom' Yoda.

Yoji Yamada's “Ototo” (“About Her Brother”) -- which will close Berlin this Sunday -- managed one million admissions in its first 13 days, according to distributor Shochiku.

Rounding out the top five was Toei's “The Negotiator,” which made a solid start, taking 100 million yen ($1.1 million) over its first four days, which began with the February 11 national holiday.
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