Japan Box Office: 'Apes' Opens Behind Samurai Film

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'Apes' fails to conquer the Japanese box office

'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Lucy' also remain in the top 10

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in second place at the Japanese box office this weekend in its final major market launch. The 20th Century Fox film has done well in various international markets.

With $1.9 million (¥21 million), it dragged way behind the $3.8 million (¥41.8 million) that Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the final part of a samurai sword-fighting trilogy directed by Keishi Otomo, took in its second weekend on top.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened on 712 screens, a wide release for Japan, and pulled in just shy of 150,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday.

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The first Ruroni Kenshin film opened in Japan in 2012 before going on a successful overseas run that matched its domestic box office of just under $30 million. The second installment, Ruroni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, bowed at the start of August and remains in the charts, sitting at number eight this week for Warner Bros. Japan.  

Stand by Me Doraemon dropped to the third spot in its seventh week of release, while Guardians of the Galaxy fell to sixth after bowing in third last weekend.

Luc Besson's Lucy dropped down to 10th on the charts in its fourth weekend in Japanese theaters.

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