Japan Box Office: 'Star Wars' Stays No. 1, Nears $75M

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Elsewhere, 'Spectre' overtakes 'Skyfall' to become the highest-grossing James Bond film in Japan in local currency terms.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens spent its fifth weekend atop the Japanese box office, pulling in another ¥387 million ($3.2 million) to bring its local total to more than $74 million from 5.8 million tickets sold.

Spectre dropped out of the top 10 this weekend, but it has now overtaken Skyfall to become the best-performing James Bond film in local currency terms. It has brought in more than $23 million since its Dec. 4 release, when $1 equaled ¥122.

When Skyfall was released in December 2012, the yen was a much stronger ¥82 against the greenback, meaning the ¥2.75 billion it took in worked out to around $33 million.    

Yo-Kai Watch the Movie: The Great King Enma and the Five Tales, Meow!, the latest installment of a hit anime and merchandising franchise, stayed in second place in its fifth weekend. Yo-Kai Watch has earned $42.7 million in its home market.  

Paul King's adaptation of children's book favorite Paddington finally opened in Japan on Friday after one of the mysteriously long delays that sometimes befall Japan releases. In this case, the film opened a full year after it launched in the U.S. and nearly 14 months after its U.K. premiere. The surprise worldwide hit collected $1.3 million in Japan over the weekend.

Local high-school time-travel romance manga adaptation Orange, which knocked Spectre from the No. 1 spot when it bowed in mid-December, stayed in fourth place after its sixth weekend in theaters.  

In the Heart of the Sea debuted in the seventh position with $745,000, while Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies fell three spots to eighth during its second weekend and now has a local cume of $3.7 million.

Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, which opened the Tokyo International Film Festival in October, will hit theaters in Japan next weekend.