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Sony’s Ghostbusters opened in Japan with an uninspiring $2.4 million on Saturday and Sunday from nearly 700 screens to put it at No. 4 in the weekend box-office rankings. That figure was boosted to $4.3 million by a Friday-night opening and extended previews earlier in the month.
The Paul Feig-directed reboot of the franchise is predicted to finish north of $15 million in Japan, well below the $40 million the original took locally in 1984. Sony produced a Japanese version of the theme song, which is closer to the original than the Fall Out Boy version, but the lack of stars with local box-office pull seems to have dampened expectations, and overall promotion was relatively low key.
The Secret Life of Pets held on to the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in the country and took its total to $22.7 million from 1.9 million admissions after 11 days in theaters. It is currently on course to overtake the $42 million that Illumination stable mate Minions pulled in last year.
Godzilla Resurgence, Toho’s reboot of the iconic monster franchise, continued its strong run, holding on to the No. 2 spot for the second weekend and taking its total to $38 million after 20 days on release, compared to the $30 million the Legendary version took in 2014. The film is apparently attracting a lot of repeat customers, perhaps people hoping to understand extended meeting scenes and jargon in a second viewing.
Finding Dory is also still going strong, dropping two slots to No. 5 in its sixth weekend in theaters, bringing its total to $58.5 million. Continuing Disney’s bumper run in Japan is The Jungle Book, pulling in another $2.1 million on the weekend to put it at No. 6 and take its total to $13.7 million in 11 days. With Japan being its last major market, the latest take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic book may fall just short of the $1 billion mark globally. It currently sits at $955.5 million.
With the distraction of Japan’s strong performance at the Rio Olympics now out of the way, next weekend could prove another big earner at the box office. It will see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows open in its spiritual home.
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