Japan Box Office: 'American Sniper' Stays on Top, 'Big Hero 6' Gets Oscar Bounce

American Sniper Still 3 - H 2015
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

American Sniper Still 3 - H 2015

Interest in Clint Eastwood's film is heightened by the murder of Japanese citizens by the Islamic State group.

American Sniper stayed on its perch atop the Japanese box office for a second weekend, bringing in $2.44 million (?292 million) for Warner Japan on Saturday and Sunday, while best animated feature Academy Award-winner Big Hero 6 went back up the charts to No. 2.

The performance of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper has almost certainly been boosted by the increased awareness about Middle East issues that has followed the execution of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group in January. The film has now collected $8.4 million (?1 billion) from 800,000 admissions.

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Big Hero 6 jumped one spot back up the rankings after its Oscar triumph last weekend, adding another $1.2 million (?146 million) on Saturday and Sunday. Released on Dec. 20 in Japan as Baymax, it has now amassed $73.8 million (?8.84 billion) from just shy of 7 million admissions.

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Japanese TV reality show spinoff Terrace House: Closing Door dropped to third place in its third weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell two more places to sixth and has now taken in $8.4 million (?1 billion) after four weekends in release.

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Annie dropped to ninth, hanging on in the top 10 after six weekends in theaters, while Johnny Depp's Mortdecai fell four spots to the 10th position after four weekends. Up-to-date figures haven't been released, but both films have done relatively well in Japan compared to their disappointing performances in other major markets.

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