‘Titanic’ king of Japan B.O.

$135 mil take leaves 'Princess' in wake

TOKYO — “Titanic” sailed in Japanese movie history by becoming the No. 1 film at the nation’s box office with a record gross of 18.35 billion yen ($135 million), Fox said on Monday.

The Japan box office high is one of the more than 50 revenue records set by “Titanic.”

“Titanic” surpassed the previous Japanese box office champ, “Princess Mononoke,” on Sunday. “Princess,” from acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in 18.25 billion yen ($134 million).

“Titanic” was released in Japan Dec. 20 and was the No. 1 film for 22 consecutive weeks and weekends. The James Cameron epic was first shown to the world at the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival in early November and is still going strong in Japan.

It took “Princess” about 15 years for to topple “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” as the box office champ in Japan. It took “Titanic” about five months to dethrone “Princess.”

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