Japan’s B.O. bounty

'Pirates' B.O. chest heaviest at $85 mil

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” topped ¥10 billion ($85 million) in Japan on Oct. 25, its 95th day of release, to become the country’s box office leader, according to distrib Buena Vista.

The Japanese market has now produced at least one ¥10 billion-plus pic every year since Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” started the streak in 2001.

The other big earners include “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2002, $171 million), “Bayside Shakedown 2” (2003, $147 million), “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2003, $146.6 million), “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004, $169.5 million) and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005, $97.5 million).

In other Japanese B.O. news, the comedy “Kisarazu Cat’s Eye: Sayonara Game” topped the weekend B.O. chart with $2.56 million following its Thursday bow on 244 screens.

Sequel to 2003 hit “Kisarazu Cat’s Eye — Go Major!” follows the adventures of a gang of baseball-loving thieves in the resort town of Kisarazu.

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