'Duel' and 'Penguin' end 'Century's' reign

TOKYO — “DuelMasters” and “Penguin Problem” (Penguin no mondai), a double bill of toons for kiddies, topped the Japanese box office for the weekend of Sept. 19-20, ending the three-week reign of sci-fi epic “20th Century Boys 3.”

“DuelMasters” is based on two popular trading card games, as well as a game-inspired comic that runs monthly in the Coro Coro Comic magazine. “Penguin” is based on a gag comic that appears in the same mag.

The double bill cleared $2.2 million in its first two days, rising to $4.9 million over the five-day Silver Week holiday of Sept. 19-23.  

Bowing at No. 3, after second-place “Boys,” was “Kamui,” a ninja actioner helmed by Yoichi Sai and starring Kenichi Matsuyama as a renegade ninja on the run from his clan. Matsuyama caused a media stir by visiting 27 theaters over Silver Week to greet auds.

B.O. numbers were delayed this week because of the long holiday, which slowed reporting from theaters and distribs.

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