Japan Box Office: 'Tomorrowland' Opens on Top, 'Mockingjay' Struggles


Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure continues Disney's strong performance in Japan, with 'Cinderella' nearing $45 million.

Disney won back the top position on Japan's box-office charts with Brad Bird's Tomorrowland after Sion Sono's Shinjuku Swan interrupted it last weekend by ending Cinderella's five-weekend run at number one.

George Clooney-starrer Tomorrowland took $2.15 million (264 million) on Saturday and Sunday to keep local thriller Yokoku-han off the top of the ranking in its debut.

Yokoku-han is a manga adaptation, but rather than the usual route via TV drama to the big screen, the movie sets up a five-part series that began Sunday on Wowow, Japan's biggest satellite network, and is a joint production with major terrestrial network TBS. The action in the TV drama begins one year after the movie. Both the film and the show are directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura. Whether the drama boosts or damages the movie's performance should be clear by next weekend.

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Shinjuku Swan dropped to the third spot in Japan this weekend, while Cinderella fell to fourth place and has now taken $44.6 million (52.7 billion) from 4.15 million admissions in Japan over its seven-weekend run.

The long wait for the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 doesn't seem to have stimulated much of an appetite for the third installment of the series in Japan. It opened in the eighth spot with $500,000 from 47,000 admissions, including its Friday night figures. The first Hunger Games finished with more than $5 million in Japan, while Catching Fire failed to reach $1.75 million.

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The Maze Runner dropped four places to ninth, pulling in another $393,000 from 319 screens, and has now brought in $4.7 million in Japan after three weekends.

Naomi Kawase's Cannes Un Certain Regard entry An, a more accessible film than most from the festival circuit-favorites, jumped one spot to 10th place during its second weekend in release, a stronger-than-usual performance in her home market.

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