Japan Box Office: 'Zootopia' Hops to $64M in Ninth Weekend
Elsewhere, 'Deadpool' crosses $14 million.
Botanical Books (Shokubutsu Zukan: Unmei no Koi) jumped to the top of the Japanese box office over the weekend after spending two weeks at No. 3, while Zootopia stayed high up on the chart in its ninth frame.
Zootopia took in another $2.1 million on Saturday and Sunday for a cume of $64 million. The Disney animation title came in third (it has yet to fall out of the top three).
Botanical Books, based on a million-selling romance novel of the same name by Hiro Arikawa, was directed by Koichiro Miki and stars Mitsuki Takahata and Takanori Iwata, a member of boy bands Exile and J Soul Brothers. The pic topped the Japanese charts, which are determined by number of tickets sold, during its opening weekend, but dropped to No. 3 last weekend. Good word of mouth and positive social-media reaction have helped boost its performance.
The second part of local police drama 64 (Rokuyon) fell one spot to No. 2. The first part of the double-header fell three slots to No. 9 in its seventh weekend of release.
Sadako vs. Kayako, which brings together the two evil protagonists of the Grudge (Ju-on) and the Ring horror series, both of which have been given the Hollywood remake treatment, bowed at No. 4 with $1.9 million. Directed by Koji Shiraishi, the film was first announced as an apparent April Fool's joke last year, but in December it was confirmed to be actually going ahead.
Deadpool dropped one spot to No. 5, adding another $1.4 million on Saturday and Sunday to take its total in Japan to $14.6 million, becoming the highest-grossing X-Men-related film in the country.
Creepy, a return to horror for Kiyoshi Kurosawa, whose Return to the Shore won him the best director award in the Un Certain Regard sidebar of last year's Cannes Film Festival, opened at No. 6 with $1.2 million.
Manga adaptation Wolf Girl and Black Prince fell two spots to No. 7 during its fourth weekend.