Japan Box Office: 'Birdman' Opens No. 2 in Limited Launch
Cold weather and political elections made for a generally quiet weekend in theaters.
Fox Searchlight's Birdman opened in the No. 2 spot in its limited launch in Japan over the weekend with $906,000, making it the highest-grossing Hollywood title despite playing on only 166 screens. Admissions reached 80,000.
The second and final part of local murder mystery Solomon's Perjury topped the chart with a $1.34 million (￥163 million) bow on a quiet weekend at theaters, likely dampened by unseasonably cold weather and elections on Sunday.
Despite the less than favorable conditions, Solomon's Perjury 2 opened 35 percent bigger than the first installment, which bowed in third place at the beginning of March.
High school sci-fi romp Assassination Classroom took its total past $20 million on its fourth weekend.
Anime hit Doraemon Nobita's Space Heroes fell from the top to the third spot and has now brought in more than $30 million (￥3.68 billion) during its six-week run.
Night at the Museum 3 dropped one place to fifth and took its total to $11.85 million (￥1.4 billion) from 1.16 million admissions from 344 screens in its four weeks in theaters.
Meanwhile, Into the Woods' five-week run has earned $18.3 million (￥2.21 billion) for Disney from 1.73 million admissions at 341 screens.
Furious 7, which in Japan is called Wild Speed: Skymission, opens next weekend but may not hit the kind of stellar numbers it's posting elsewhere; Furious 6 did a total of $16.7 million (￥2.02 billion) — at current exchange rates — to make it the 10th biggest import in Japan in 2013. Academy Award-winner Whiplash also will be released under the local title Session next weekend.
April 13, 2 p.m. An early version of this article incorrectly stated that Birdman came in No. 6. The Hollywood Reporter regrets the error.