Japan Box Office: 'Into the Woods' Has Best Opening for Live-Action Musical Since Millennium

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'Into the Woods'

Six new entries hit the top 10 as the Disney film had the biggest opening weekend for an import in the country this year.

Into the Woods carried on Disney's hot streak in Japan with a $3.5 million (¥426 million) weekend bow, the biggest opening for an import in the country this year and the best for a live-action musical in Japan since the turn of the millennium. But it still lost out to local anime hit Doraemon.

Doraemon Nobita's Space Heroes, which knocked American Sniper off the top spot last weekend, had another big weekend, bringing in $3.9 million (¥475 million) from 418,700 admissions to take its total to $10 million (¥1.2 billion).

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Into the Woods came close to Doraemon, with its 328,750 admissions generating higher ticket prices per admission from its older audience.

Strobe Edge, a local teen romance that has trodden the well-worn path from best-selling manga comic to the big screen, opened in the third spot with $2.74 million (¥332 million) from 286,450 tickets at 294 screens.

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Pretty Cure All Stars: Spring Carnival, the latest installment of the all-singing, all-dancing Toei Animation franchise that also runs on the small screen, bowed in fourth, collecting $1.07 million (¥213 million) from 112,883 tickets at 213 screens.

Despite a best screenplay Oscar and Benedict Cumberbatch's popularity in Japan, The Imitation Game was granted a very limited release of 61 screens from Gaga on which it brought in a solid $450,000 (¥54 million).

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On its 13th weekend in theaters, Big Hero 6 dropped four places to the ninth spot and has now made $75.6 million (¥9.04 billion) for Disney from more than 7.1 million admissions in Japan. 

The weekend saw a total of six new entries to the top 10. The Theory of Everything and the delayed release of Chinese disaster movie Aftershock both failed to crack the top 10 on their bows.

Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb will open on Saturday on what will be a quiet weekend for new import releases in Japan after the crowded slate this week.

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