Japan Box Office: 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Opens in Third, 'The Intern' Continues Strong Run

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'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

Guy Ritchie's remake of the classic TV series takes less than $1 million on a quiet weekend.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opened in third place in Japan this weekend with box-office revenue of $922,000 (113 million) as local cop thriller Mozu The Movie, starring Takeshi Kitano, stayed on top.

Mozu The Movie, a spinoff co-production between terrestrial network TBS and cable channel Wowow based on the series of the same name, spent its second weekend at number one, adding  $1.3 million (158 million) on a quiet weekend at the country's box office to take its cumulative total to $5 million (616 million).

Directed by Eiichiro Hasumi and set six months after the second season of the drama, which was shown on both networks, the big-screen version adds Takeshi Kitano to the regular TV cast as the mysterious Daruma. Mozu The Movie premiered at last month's Tokyo International Film Festival.

Another local thriller, Grasshopper, starring Tadanobu Asano (47 Ronin, Thor) and directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto, stayed in second place for the second weekend, bringing its total so far to $3.9 million (483 million).

Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (released locally as Codename Uncle) opened in third place, taking $922,000 (113 million) from 87,500 tickets for the remake of the classic 1960s TV show.

Baltasar Kormakur's Everest dropped one place to fourth on the charts in its second weekend of release, racking up a total of $3.9 million (476 million) so far at the Japanese box office.

Further down the chart, Pan fell one spot to eighth during its third weekend and has now brought in $4.6 million (570 million) in Japan.  

The Intern continued its strong run in Japan, falling one place to ninth during its sixth weekend and racking up a cumulative $12.5 million (1.54 billion).

Next weekend will see the opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 as part of its global day-and-date release, in contrast to Dumb and Dumber To, which will open more than a year after it bowed in the U.S.

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