Japan Box Office: 'Jurassic World' Holds off 'Ted 2' and Nears $60M

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'Ted 2'

The dinosaurs just beat the foul-mouthed teddy bear to remain the biggest earner on the weekend, their fourth at the top of the rankings.

Jurassic World took $3.9 million (472 million) on Saturday and Sunday, just ahead of Ted 2's $3.6 million (442 million), to keep its top-earning spot for the fourth weekend. Ted 2 sold more tickets than Jurassic World — 308,000 versus 301,000 — putting it at number one on the local charts, which use admissions rather than box office takings.

Tickets for the more expensive IMAX and 3D versions of Jurassic World boosted its takings and helped its total at the Japanese box office to reach $58.5 million from 4.75 million tickets.

Including its Friday night opening, Ted 2 racked up $4.72 million (573 million) from 406,225 tickets, more than 40 percent higher in local currency terms than the first film's three-day Japan opening in January 2013. It went on to be the biggest live-action grosser in Japan that year.   

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation dropped to third spot on its fourth weekend and took its total in Japan to just over $33 million (4.05 billion) from 4.05 million tickets.  

Minions dropped one spot to fourth on its fifth weekend, to take its total in Japan to $37.3 million (4.5 billion) for Universal from 3.74 million admissions. It is slated for a release in China on Sept. 13. Universal's Jurassic World, Minions and Ted 2 are all distributed in Japan by Toho-Towa.

S: The Last Policeman: Recovery of Our Future, based on the Yoichi Komori manga about a special police unit, bowed in fifth with $1.7 million (204 million), the only other new entry in the top 10 after Ted.

Another live-action manga adaptation, Attack on Titan, which held Minions off the top on their debut weekend, fell three spots to ninth and has now taken $37.3 million (4.5 billion) from 3.74 million admissions.

Disney's Inside Out held on to seventh on its seventh weekend in theaters and has racked up a total of $31.6 million (3.94 billion) in Japan.

Next weekend sees the Japan release for the Bill Murray-starrer St. Vincent.

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