Box Office: Takashi Miike's "The Mole Song" No. 1 in Japan for Second Weekend in a Row

7:05 AM PST 02/24/2014 by Gavin J. Blair

"Kick-Ass 2" opens in fifth place while "Eternal Zero" is heading for $80 million after ten weeks near the top of the chart.

TOKYO -- Takashi Miike's The Mole Song - Undercover Agent Reiji topped the Japanese box office for the second weekend in a row, with Eternal Zero holding on to second position after being dislodged from the top spot last weekend following eight weeks at No. 1.

Miike's cops-and-yakuza-mafia romp took in another $2.3 million (¥235.8 million) over the weekend to bring its cumulative total to $8 million.

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Wartime drama Eternal Zero (Eien no Zero) is now heading for $80 million (¥8 billion) after ten weeks near the top of the chart. The film is based on a best-selling book by nationalist author Naoki Hyakuta, appointed a governor of public broadcaster NHK late last year, who caused controversy earlier this month by denying an infamous massacre in China by the Japanese Imperial Army, took place.

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Kick-Ass 2, released locally as Kick Ass – Justice Forever, bowed in fifth place, taking in $764,000  (¥78.3 million) on 215 screens on Saturday and Sunday.

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Yoji Yamada's The Little House (Chiisai Ouchi) rebounded back up the chart from tenth to seventh following Haru Kuroki's best actress triumph at the Berlin International Film Festival the previous weekend.

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