'Confessions' on top for third week in Japan

Thriller beats 'Iron Man 2, "SATC 2"

TOKYO -- Tetsuya Nakashima’s “Confessions” has topped Japan's boxoffice for three weeks since its June 5 release, pulling in over 21.6 billion yen ($24.2 million) while holding off challenges from “Iron Man 2” and “Sex and the City 2.”
 
Over 1.65 million have so far been to see the R-15 rated thriller, which managed to slightly increase its boxoffice takings last week over the previous week.
 
The book – by Kanae Minato – on which the film is based, sold 2.7 million copies in various editions.
 
Known as “Kokuhaku” domestically, it stars Takako Matsu as a junior high school teacher who suspects her students were involved in the murder of her four-year-old daughter.
 
Produced by Genki Kawamura – a THR Next Gen Asia 2010 honoree – the film has won critical acclaim, been picked up for various territories worldwide, and is reportedly the subject of a number of remake offers.
 
“Confessions” was produced and is distributed by Toho.
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