Japan Box Office: 'Cinderella' Logs Hollywood's Biggest Opening of 2015
Disney's strong run continues in Japan, the last international market for Kenneth Branagh's take on the classic fairytale, which debuted with $4.7 million.
Cinderella topped the Japanese box office during its opening weekend, with $4.7 million (￥556 million) from 420,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday, knocking local anime hit Dragonball Z: Resurrection F from the top spot following its big opening last weekend.
That made it the biggest Saturday-Sunday opening for a Hollywood film in 2015.
Japan looks on course to overtake the U.K. to become Kenneth Branagh-directed Cinderella's second-largest international market behind China. With the local Golden Week holidays coming up, Japan should help push the Cate Blanchett-starrer over the half-a-billion dollar mark.
Dragonball Z: Resurrection F, backed by Fox International in partnership with Toei, has now brought in $15.35 million (￥1.83 billion) domestically, helped by a 3D IMAX release, a first for a Japanese production. The anime movie is due for release in 74 countries, with North American screenings scheduled for the summer.
Furious 7 fell one spot on the charts to the fourth place after its franchise-best opening in Japan last weekend, pulling in a total of $12.8 million (￥1.52 billion) from more than 1 million admissions so far. However, the film hasn't posted the stellar numbers in Japan that it has logged in other markets.
Ryuzo and His Seven Henchman, Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano's action-comedy about a group of elderly yakuza gangsters, opened in the disappointing seventh spot this weekend.
Next weekend will see a low-key Golden Week slate kick off with Will Smith's Focus on Saturday, followed by Nicholas Cage's Dying of the Light on Sunday.