'Boys' back on top in Japan

'Duel Masters,' 'Kamui' stay strong to fill out top three

TOKYO -- "20th Century Boys – Chapter 3,” the final installment in the sci-fi live-action series, has gone back to the top of the Kogyo Tsushinsha weekend cinema admissions rankings after being knocked off its perch last week by the animated “Duel Masters Lunatic God Saga/A Penguin's Troubles: The Movie.”
 
Produced by NTV and distributed by Toho, “20th Century Boys – Chapter 3” opened on the final weekend in August with an 874 million yen ($9 million) two-day take. Toho is hoping for a $50 million final tally. “Duel Masters…” is also Toho-distributed, as is “Ballad,” which also enjoyed a rebound, from fourth place back up to second.
 
Shochiku’s ninja action film “Kamui” spent its second weekend in third place, having pulled in 588 million yen ($6.6 million) over its first nine days. 
 
Down in the struggling indie sector, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Air Doll” – which has been getting good play at festivals worldwide this year – opened on 17 screens on September 26, pulling in 14 million yen ($160,000) in two days. Distributed by Asmik Ace, these figures count as a strong performance for an indie these days.
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