Japan Box Office: 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Biggest Live-Action Hit Since 'Alice in Wonderland'

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Elsewhere, 'The Martian' hits $20 million while 'Point Break' opens in third place.

Ridley Scott's The Martian stayed on top of the box-office charts in Japan for the third weekend, pulling in $2.5 million (¥285 million) on Saturday and Sunday from 190,500 admissions for cume of $20 million (¥2.26 billion). 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell one spot to No. 5 in its 10th weekend for a total cume of $97.5 million (¥11.05 billion), its revenue in dollar terms boosted by a stronger yen.

The Force Awakens also became the biggest live-action hit in Japan in more than five years, nearing the total for Alice in Wonderland, which was released in April 2010. Alice in Wonderland finished with ¥11.8 billion, $104 million at today's exchange rates.

On the all-time list, The Force Awakens has only just cracked the top 20, a good way behind Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace at No. 16 with ¥13.2 billion, which was worth $110 million when it was released in 1999 but would be $117 million at today's rates. 

Toho Cinemas, the theater chain operator of the giant studio group, announced that The Force Awakens has set a new single-screen record of $890,000 (¥101 million) at its MX4D theater in Shinjuku, central Tokyo.

Local time-travel samurai comedy drama Nobunaga Concerto hung on to the second spot for the third weekend in a row after having spent two weeks at No. 1.

Ericson Core's Point Break remake, released in Japan as X-Mission, bowed in third with a weekend take of $1.2 million (¥144 million).

Saraba Abunai Deka: Long Goodbye, the final bow of a TV and big-screen detective franchise that dates back to the 1980s, dropped one slot to fourth.

Meanwhile, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, the BBC New Year's Day special of the hit drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, opened in Japanese theaters on Friday, taking the seventh spot with $803,000 (¥91 million) over three days. Though this represents solid numbers for the theatrical release of a TV drama, it fails to match the very strong performance the special logged in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Next weekend will see the Japan release for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

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