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Takashi Miike‘s whacky gorefest As the Gods Will (Kami-sama no Iu Toori) topped the weekend box office in its bow, taking $1.55 million (?180 million) from 133,900 admissions at 318 screens.
Hollywood fare struggled this week without any big openings and The Expendables 3 dropping down to the sixth spot, while Dracula Untold fell to eighth. Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, which is performing well in other big Asian movie markets, will be released in Japan on Nov. 22.
As the Gods Will is a manga adaptation starring Sota Fukushi and Hirona Yamazaki as students at a high school where all manner of Miike-esque madness occurs.
Pale Moon (Tsuki no Kami), which debuted in competition at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival and won the best actress prize for Rie Miyazawa, opened in the second spot with $1.15 million (?134 million).
Read more ‘Pale Moon’: Tokyo Review
Beauty and the Beast fell to the third spot after opening on top in last weekend’s charts with a take of less than $1 million during what has been a lackluster period at the Japanese box office.
Seiji Mizushima‘s anime Expelled From Paradise opened on only 13 screens but managed to take $251,725 (?29 million) from 17,275 admissions and squeeze into the top 10 at number nine.
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