'Transformers' Beats 'Harry Potter' at Japanese Box Office

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Released in Japan as "Transformer Darkside Moon," the Paramount release pulled in 572 million yen ($7.38 million) over the weekend, over 83% of that coming from higher-priced 3D tickets, just topping the boy wizard’s 535 million yen ($6.9 million).

TOKYO – Transformers just knocked Harry Potter off the top of the box office on its first weekend of release in their spiritual home, thanks to higher 3D ticket prices.

Released in Japan as Transformer Darkside Moon, the Paramount release pulled in 572 million yen ($7.38 million) at the weekend, over 83 perecent of that coming from 3D screens, just topping the boy wizard’s 535 million yen ($6.9 million).

Local rankings are based on audience numbers, leaving Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hogging top spot for a third week with 369,845 admissions against 363,912 for Transformers.

Cars 2 debuted in third with 336,912 admissions paying 458 million yen ($5.9 million), more than 20 percent better than the first installment’s opening weekend.

Most of the rest of the top ten was filled with local anime fare such as Pokemon and Naruto, aimed at the school summer break market

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