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Hercules opened on top of the Japanese box office with $1.32 million (?143 million) from 72,000 admissions and 653 screens this weekend, while Denzel Washington‘s The Equalizer taking the third spot with $722,000 (?78 million) from only 183 screens.
Overall, it was a relatively quiet weekend in Japanese theaters.
Local manga adaptation romance Kinkyori Renai took $1.03 million (?112 million) for second place, but was top in terms of admissions, with 91,400, the way movies are ranked locally. The live-action version of Rin Mikimoto‘s manga franchise, which has also been a TV series, dropped 10 percent from its take over the previous weekend.
The higher 3D ticket prices for Hercules and bigger proportion of adult tickets sold, versus the younger audience for Kinkyori Renai, pushed the Dwayne Johnson-starrer into the revenue lead.
Further down the Japanese box-office chart, Grace of Monaco, the Grace Kelly biopic starring Nicole Kidman, fell to sixth after opening in the third spot last weekend.
Stand by Me Doraemon, which had a dubbed English screening over the weekend at Tokyo International Film Festival, dropped to the 10th spot after a nearly three-month run that has earned it $74 million (?8 billion) in Japan. The Takashi Yamazaki-directed 3D CG installment of the long-running manga, TV series and theatrical franchise is due for release in an unprecedented 59 overseas territories.
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