Japan Box Office: 'Big Hero 6' Stays on Top, 'Annie' Bows in Second Place

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The San Fransokyo skyline of 'Big Hero 6'

The Disney hit nudges $60m, while Will Gluck's 'Annie' scores a respectable $1.85 million.

Big Hero 6 spent its fourth weekend in release in Japan at the top of the box-office rankings. Following its two weeks in the second spot, it led the charts this weekend and has now earned $59.2 million (7 billion).

Annie opened in second place in the country with $1.85 million (219 million) from 505 screens on Saturday and Sunday.

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Released locally as Baymax, Big Hero 6's combination of Japanese influences and its recent Oscar nominations are keeping it running strong at the Japanese box office, with more than 5.5 million admissions to date. The animation film is benefiting from having 2D and 3D versions as well as dubbed and original versions in theaters, something that contributed to the huge success of Disney's Frozen in Japan.   

Yokai Watch, the local anime, manga and merchandise smash, has also earned $59.2 million (7 billion) with Yo-Kai Watch the Movie: The Secret Is Created, Nyan! in third place in its sixth weekend of release.

Meanwhile, police TV drama spinoff ST Aka to Shirou No Sousa File (ST Red and White Investigation File) and the latest Power Rangers release, Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger: The Movie, both fell one spot to fourth and fifth places, respectively, in the latest weekend box-office rankings.

Liam Neeson's Taken 3, released locally as 96 Hours/Requiem, fell three spots to ninth in its third weekend in theaters in Japan, where ultra-strict gun laws mean his recent comments will cause no controversy.  

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Tim Burton's Big Eyes failed to crack the top 10, bowing in 14th place. Exodus: Gods and Kings, Draft Day and Jason Statham-starrer Wild Card will open next weekend in Japan.

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