Japan Box Office: 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' on Course to Cross $100 Million

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

J.J. Abrams' blockbuster has earned $1.75 billion globally.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens stayed on top of the Japanese box office for the fourth weekend, bringing in another $5.3 million (¥420 million) on Saturday and Sunday.

The added figures for Monday — the "Coming of Age Day" holiday — brings total revenue in Japan to nearly $70 million (¥8.27 billion) from over 5.3 million tickets sold.

Force Awakens passed the ¥7 billion ($60 million) mark in 20 days in Japanese cinemas, three days faster than fellow Disney hit Frozen, which went on to earn a massive $250 million in Japan. While the Star Wars movie isn't destined to hit those numbers, it is now almost assured of crossing $100 million in Japan, an impressive feat.

The J.J. Abrams blockbuster is benefiting from higher-priced 3D, 4D and Imax tickets, as well as Japanese audiences' willingness to watch different versions of the film, including the dubbed and the English-language version. Tickets for 3D screenings in Tokyo can cost as much as $21 (¥2,500). 

The latest installment of local anime hit franchise Yo-Kai Watch the Movie: The Great King Enma and the Five Tales, Meow! held on to the second spot in the weekend box-office ranking with $2.5 million (¥420 million) to take its total to $39.5 million (¥4.65 billion) after four weekends. Yo-kai Watch actually beat Star Wars in terms of admissions on the first two weekends – they were released a day apart – putting it at the top of local charts, which go by number of tickets sold rather than gross.

Local high-school time-travel romance manga adaptation Orange, which dethroned Spectre with its mid-December bow, fell one spot to fourth place. After five weekends, it has now racked up $21.75 million (¥2.56 billion).

Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies bowed in the fifth spot with $1.5 million (¥178 million), including its Friday night opening.

Legendary director Yoji Yamada's Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Haha to Kuraseba) dropped four spots to eighth in its fifth weekend in theaters, taking its cumulative revenue to $13 million (¥1.5 billion).

Spectre fell four slots to ninth. It has pulled in $23.3 million (¥2.75 billion) after five weekends in Japan.

Next weekend will see Japanese releases for Paddington and In the Heart of the Sea, neither of which is likely to prove too much of a challenge to Star Wars

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