Japan Box Office: 'Pixels' Wins in Debut, 'Kingsman,' 'San Andreas' Make Top 10
'Rogue Nation' nears $40 million and 'Minions' passes it, while 'Jurassic World' logs $68.5 million and 'Ted 2' continues to do good business in another strong weekend for Hollywood.
Sony's Pixels debuted in the top spot at the Japanese box office with a $1.8 million (￥216 million) weekend, while Kingsman: The Secret Service opened in the sixth spot with a $1.3 million (￥158 million) three-day take, having opened Friday.
Pixels and Adam Sandler may have failed to excite the box office or critical opinion in the U.S., but it has now passed $200 million internationally, with a China release still to come this week.
Local police drama Unfair the end was in the second spot in Japan this weekend, with nuclear power station thriller The Big Bee (Tenku no Hachi) in third.
Ted 2 fell to the fourth spot and has now racked up $13.4 million (￥1.61 billion) after its third weekend in release. Distributor Toho-Towa will be hoping a cleaned-up PG-12 version released on Saturday will give the usually foul-mouthed teddy bear a better chance of reaching the $44 million the first film logged in 2013.
Jurassic World dropped to the fifth spot in Japan this weekend, taking the local gross to $68.5 million (￥8.23 billion) from 5.5 million tickets sold after six weekends.
Kingsman: The Secret Service's opening in the sixth spot may have disappointed distributor Kadokawa, which would have hoped the film would outperform as it did in neighboring South Korea, where it took $46.9 million in a smaller theatrical market.
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation fell to seventh in its sixth weekend and took its local total to $39.2 million (￥4.71 billion).
Minions dropped from fifth to eighth and has taken $40.7 million (￥4.9 billion) from 4 million admissions for Universal after seven weekends.
San Andreas, released locally as California Down, just squeezed into the top 10 in ninth, with an underwhelming $525,000 for Brad Peyton's disaster movie in its debut.
Nevertheless, the weekend was another good result for Hollywood, which has been on a roll since 2014 after a number of difficult years in the local market.
Next weekend will see Japan releases for Ant-Man, which had a big bow in Korea last weekend, and the second part of the live-action manga adaptation Attack on Titan.