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Japan Box Office: ‘Hero’ Opens On Top

TOKYO — “Hero,” the second film based on a popular Fuji TV drama series featuring a rule-bending public prosecutor played by Takuya Kimura, won the July 18-19 weekend at the Japanese box office.

Opening on 443 screens, with Toho distributing, the film earned $5.90 million on 541,000 admissions – the highest figure of any domestic film  bowing this year.  But its opening weekend take is 27% down on the previous “Hero” film, which finished with $66 million in 2007.

Last week’s number one, “The Boy and the Beast,” also distributed by Toho, fell to number two, scoring $4.0 million on 350,000 admissions. As of Monday, the Mamoru Hosoda animation had driven its cumulative total to $15 million on 1.4 million admissions.

Bowing at number four was Disney’s “Inside Out” with $3.27 million. The film is competing with local animations for the family market – hugely important now that Japanese kids and many of their parents are finally on summer holiday. One, the latest animated iteration of the enduringly popular Pokemon (“Pocket Monsters”) franchise,  opened at number three with $3.10 million from 364 screens.

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