Japan Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Beats 'Rogue Nation'
Even Tom Cruise, Hollywood's most consistently popular star in Japan, couldn't stop the march of the dinosaurs.
Jurassic World brought in $6.98 million in Japan on Saturday and Sunday to comfortably beat the challenge of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which logged a $4.6 million (￥573 million) haul over the weekend.
Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic franchise reboot, the movie with the third-highest gross of all time, opened in the country on Wednesday and has made a promising $12.8 million (￥1.59 billion) from well over 1 million tickets in its first five days. The original Jurassic Park took a huge $120 million in Japan back in 1993, $50 million ahead of the U.K., its next biggest international market.
The presence of the ever-popular-in-Japan Tom Cruise helped Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation rack up a total of $6.1 million (￥757 million), including its Friday night opening.
The latest big-screen anime film from the Naruto series, Boruto – Naruto the Movie, opened in the third spot.
Minions dropped two spots from its opening in second place last week and has now grossed $14.3 million (￥1.78 billion) in Japan for Universal from 1.46 million admissions.
Last week's chart-topper, live-action manga adaptation Attack on Titan, dropped down to fifth and has taken $11.3 million (￥1.4 billion) despite mixed reviews from critics.
Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future, the 25th theatrical release from the masked hero franchise, bowed in the sixth spot.
Disney's Inside Out (released in Japan as Inside Head) fell to the ninth spot and has now passed the $20 million (￥2.6 billion) mark in Japan on its fourth weekend.
Propping up the chart from the bottom was Masato Harada's The Emperor in August, which bowed with a somewhat underwhelming $1.2 million (￥145 million) for the story of the last 24 hours of WWII in Japan.
The Obon holidays, when people pay respects to their ancestors' spirits, this week should ensure another big box-office week in Japan, with most of the month's big releases already in theaters.