Japan Box Office: 'Spectre' Opens on Top, 'Peanuts' at No. 2

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Including preview screenings last weekend, the heavily marketed new Bond film has taken $6.9 million in Japan.

Spectre bowed atop the weekend Japanese box office with ¥360 million ($2.9 million) on Saturday and Sunday from 583 screens. The latest Bond had a Friday night opening and preview screenings last weekend, and has been heavily marketed in Japan, helping its local total so far to $6.9 million. A decent run in the country will help push Spectre beyond the $800 million mark worldwide.

The Peanuts Movie, released locally as I Love Snoopy — The Peanuts Movie, bowed in second place with $1.25 million from 115,000 admissions, and $1.5 million including its Friday opening.

Steve Martino's film take on Charlie Brown and Snoopy, however, sold fewer tickets than Cellin Gluck's Japanese period drama Persona Non Grata, which booked 145,000 admissions for a cume of $1.2 million. Produced by Nippon TV and distributed by Toho, the film tells the story of Japan's vice-consul to Lithuania during World War II, who helped around 6,000 Jewish refugees escape the Nazis. Chiune Sugihara died in 1986, and his story was not well known until recent years, during which he has come to be known as "Japan's Schindler."