Japan Box Office: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Opens in Second Spot
George Miller's franchise reboot bows to $2.2 million as Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse' fails to crack the top 10.
Mad Max: Fury Road opened in the second spot at the Japanese box office this weekend, bringing in $2.2 million (￥265 million) from 175,000 admissions.
Mad Max is drawing audiences to both its dubbed 2D and subtitled 3D versions, as well as Imax screenings, which may give it legs at the box office if enough Japanese moviegoers decide to watch more than one version.
The singing schoolgirl anime film Love Live! The School Idol Movie held on to the number one position and has now racked up $6.5 million (￥804 million) after its second weekend.
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Love Live! The School Idol Movie is a multiplatform project that includes a manga, anime TV series, CDs and "live" screenings of concert performances by its animated schoolgirl members. The theatrical version topped the charts despite only opening on 120 screens last weekend. It also has overseas screenings scheduled for multiple territories.
Hirokazu Koreeda's Our Little Sister fell from second to third. The Cannes competition entry has now pulled in $5.6 million (￥685 million) from 550,000 admissions after two weekends in theaters.
Brad Bird's Tomorrowland fell one spot to fourth and has taken in $8.3 million (￥1 billion) from 764,000 admissions after its third weekend in theaters, taking Japan past the U.K. to become the second-largest international territory — behind China — for the Disney underperformer. Cinderella finally dropped out of the top 10 in Japan in its eighth week of release.
Takashi Miike’s gangster vampire romp Yakuza Apocalypse, poorly received at Cannes, has not found much love back home. It failed to even dent the top 10 after its release on Saturday. Civil rights film Selma also failed to make the top 10 in a limited release.
Next weekend will see releases of Still Alice, featuring Julianne Moore's Oscar-winning performance as an Alzheimer's sufferer, and the critically panned Nicolas Cage-starrer Left Behind.