Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' Tops Box Office in Japan

Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman in Oblivion

Even as Hollywood films have lost ground in the country in recent years, the actor's appeal holds firm with Japanese audiences.

TOKYO – Oblivion bowed at number one in Japan over the weekend, taking $4.4 million (444 million yen) in the three days since its May 31 opening and underlining Tom Cruise’s position as the only consistently bankable Hollywood star in the local market.   

The Joseph Kosinski-directed post-apocalypse actioner has raked in $275 million globally and should do at least another $10 million in Japan, based on its opening. That's more than 50 percent better than the first weekend of Jack Reacher, released here as Outlaw in February

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The Complex (Kuroyuri Danchi), the latest supernatural chiller from The Ring director Hideo Nakata, was knocked into second place in its third week of release, pulling in a gross of more than $6 million through distributor Shochiku.

Real (Riaru Kanzen Naru Kubinagaryu no Hi), by festival favorite Kiyoshi Kurosawa, debuted at No. 3 with $1.8 million, solid numbers for a director who has enjoyed limited commercial success with audiences at home.  

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Another weekend new release, Wong Kar-wai`s The Grandmaster, distributed by Gaga, took the fourth spot in the rankings, with a $725,000 two-day take for the latest in a slew of biopics of Bruce Lee`s kung fu master Ip Man.

Shield of Straw (Wara no Tate), Takashi Miike's surprise Cannes competition selection, slipped to sixth in its sixth week of release by Warner Bros Japan.

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Also in its sixth week on the chart, Shinsuke Sato`s Library Wars (Toshokan Senso) has now taken more than $15.6 million.