Japan Box Office: 'The Little Prince' Tops, 'Mockingjay 2' Drops out of Top 10

Mark Osborne's big-budget animation film with an all-star voice cast rose from third to first, while the final 'Hunger Games' fell out of the charts after a weekend at number nine.

The Little Prince flew to the top of the Japanese box office after opening in the third spot last weekend, while Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 dropped out of the top 10 after an underwhelming opening a weekend earlier.
 
 
Mark Osborne's adaptation of the Antoine de Saint-Exupery children's book has now taken $2.6 million (¥320 million) from 252,000 tickets in Japan. The animated film, featuring a voice cast including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti and Albert Brooks, will open in the U.S. in March. 
 
 
Local anime Girls and Panzer, featuring a combination of high school girls and tank warfare, held onto the second spot. Raintree Country, which took the top spot in its opening weekend, fell to third place. 
 
Local thriller Grasshopper, directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto and starring Tadanobu Asano (47 Ronin, Thor), bounced one spot back up the rankings to fourth in its fourth weekend, pulling in a total so far of $6.8 million (¥829 million) from nearly 650,000 admissions.
 
Mozu The Movie, a spinoff  from the TBS and Wowow cop series, swapped place with Grasshopper and took its cumulative total to $8.5 million (¥1.05 billion). 
 
 
Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. dropped to eighth during its third weekend and has racked up  $3.6 million (¥444 million) from 344,000 admissions for Warner Bros. in Japan. Helen Mirren starrer Woman in Gold opened in the ninth spot, with $229,000 (¥28 million). 
 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which opened in ninth last weekend, fell out of the charts and has pulled in just $1.2 million (¥150 million) from 113,505 tickets in Japan, compared to $1.6 million for the last installment.  
 
Spectre, which had some preview screenings this weekend and has been promoted heavily in Japan, will open on Friday, alongside The Peanuts Movie
 
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