TOKYO — The number one movie at the Japanese box office, for the 3rd weekend in a row, was “Stand By Me Doraemon.”  

The first 3D CG entry in the long-running animation series about a blue robot cat and its boy companion drove its cumulative score to $44.1 million over the Aug. 23-24 weekend. It now looks likely to reach the JPY5 billion ($48 million) milestone sometime this week. 

Number two was “Hot Road,” starring hot young actor Rena Nonen as a 14-year-old who falls for a biker in 1980s Japan. The picture raised its cume to $10.5 million in its second week on release.

The Warner-produced samurai pic “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” held onto 3rd place in its third week on release with a cume of $36.5 million. The film’s second part, “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends,” will hit theaters on Sept. 13. 

Entering the charts at number four was Warner’s “Into the Storm.” In its opening frame the movie earned $1.3 million on 104,000 admissions.

“Godzilla,” meanwhile, is approaching the JPY3 billion ($29 million) mark in its 7th week on release, ranking at number nine this week.

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