Japan Box Office: Anime Film Unseats 'Tomorrowland,' 'Cinderella' Passes $45 Million

Kimberley French
'Tomorrowland'

'Love Live! The School Idol Movie' bows on top, Koreeda's Cannes entry 'Our Little Sister' comes in second.

School girl anime film Love Live! The School Idol Movie took the number one spot at the Japanese box office this weekend with a $3.3 million (400 million) opening, with Hirokazu Koreeda's Cannes entry Our Little Sister coming in second with $1.8 million (229 million).

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Brad Bird's Tomorrowland dropped to third and has taken $5.9 million (712 million) from 530,000 admissions after its second weekend in Japanese theaters.

Manga adaptation Yokoku-han dropped from second to fourth on its second weekend, with the TV drama that takes up the story one year after the movie now showing on satellite network WOWOW.

Sion Sono's Shinjuku Swan dropped to fifth, while Cinderella fell to the sixth spot in its eighth weekend of release and has now grossed more than $46 million (5.4 billion) at the Japanese box office.

Naomi Kawase's An spent a second week at number 10 after bowing outside the top 10 and has pulled in $1.9 million (235 million) from more than 200,000 admissions. The Cannes Un Certain Regard title is more mainstream than Kawase's usual fare and has seen a solid box-office performance for the director.  

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 fell out of the top 10 after its underwhelming bow last weekend, and the next installment also looks set for a tough time at the Japanese box office.

Selma opens in Japan on Friday, while Mad Max Fury Road will have competition from Takashi Miike's critically panned Yakuza Apocalypse Cannes film when they both open on Saturday.

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