‘Change’ hits it big at box office

Spinoff nabs $7.9 million

TOKYO — “L Change the World,” a spinoff from the hit “Death Note” duo of fantasy thrillers, scored 846 billion yen ($7.9 million) on 670,754 admissions for its opening weekend Feb. 9-11 — the best B.O. opening in Japan this year.

Warner, distrib of “L” and the “Death Note” pics, projects the three will collectively pass the 12 billion yen ($112 million) and 10 million admission marks.

Based on a Takeshi Obata comic that has sold 26 million paperbacks in 12 volumes, L (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) is a geeky investigator hunting a killer. 

Warner is celebrating its third consecutive No. 1 B.O. bow in Japan, following “I Am Legend” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” 

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