Japan Box Office: 'Lucy' Opens in Third as 'Doraemon' Stays on Top

Scarlett Johansson as the titular 'Lucy'

'Maleficent' reaches $61 million — the best performance by a Hollywood live-action film in more than three years

TOKYO — Stand by Me Doraemon spent its fourth weekend atop the box office, with manga adaptation Lupin III bowing in second with $4.3 million (¥444 million), while Luc Besson's Lucy opened with $1.9 million (¥200 million) from 205 screens.

Stand by Me Doraemon, the first film in the long-running series to use 3D CG, has now taken in $55.6 million (¥5.8 billion). The series of adventures of a "cat-type robot" from the future, based on a massively popular manga, overtook Godzilla last year to become the most watched in Japanese cinema history, with more than 100 million admissions.

Yet another big-screen manga adaptation, Ruroni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, directed by Keishi Ohtomo, dropped from third to fifth in the box-office rankings and has now pulled in more than $38 million (¥4 billion), outperforming the first film by more than a third already.

Transformers: Age of Extinction, Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There and Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction occupied the next three positions for the last weekend of school summer vacations.

Maleficent propped up the rankings from the bottom on its ninth weekend in theaters, but its total of $61 million (¥6.37 billion) makes it the highest-grossing live-action import since Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released in May 2011.

Meanwhile, Frozen is still showing in a few dozen theaters around the country, and its cumulative box office has now reached $244 million (¥25.44 billion — the recent weakening of the yen has reduced its total when converted into dollars).


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