Japan Box Office: 'Hercules' Opens in Top Spot

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'Hercules' topped a quiet weekend at the local box office

Manga adaptation 'Kinyori Renai' beats 'Hercules' on admissions, but loses on revenue

Hercules opened on top of the Japanese box office with $1.32 million (¥143 million) from 72,000 admissions and 653 screens this weekend, while Denzel Washington's The Equalizer taking the third spot with $722,000 (¥78 million) from only 183 screens.

Overall, it was a relatively quiet weekend in Japanese theaters.

Local manga adaptation romance Kinkyori Renai took $1.03 million (¥112 million) for second place, but was top in terms of admissions, with 91,400, the way movies are ranked locally. The live-action version of Rin Mikimoto's manga franchise, which has also been a TV series, dropped 10 percent from its take over the previous weekend.

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The higher 3D ticket prices for Hercules and bigger proportion of adult tickets sold, versus the younger audience for Kinkyori Renai, pushed the Dwayne Johnson-starrer into the revenue lead.

Further down the Japanese box-office chart, Grace of Monaco, the Grace Kelly biopic starring Nicole Kidman, fell to sixth after opening in the third spot last weekend.

Stand by Me Doraemon, which had a dubbed English screening over the weekend at Tokyo International Film Festival, dropped to the 10th spot after a nearly three-month run that has earned it $74 million (¥8 billion) in Japan. The Takashi Yamazaki-directed 3D CG installment of the long-running manga, TV series and theatrical franchise is due for release in an unprecedented 59 overseas territories.  

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