Japan Box Office: ‘Library Wars’ Sequel Tops Holiday Weekend

TOKYO – “Library Wars: The Last Mission,” the sequel to a sci-fi thriller about the battle to defend free expression in a near-future Japan, opened at number one for the Oct. 11-12 weekend.

Released on 323 screens by Toho, the film earned $2.75 million on 246,000 admissions. This represented an improvement of 50% in admissions and 52% in revenues over the previous film, which finished with $14 million in 2013.

Opening at number three, with Warner distributing, was “The Intern,” which took $1.5 million on 131,000 admissions from 272 screens. This is slightly less than similar numbers for “The Devil Wears Prada,” which also featured “The Intern” star Anne Hathaway and was set in the business world. But “The Intern” pulled ahead of “Prada” over the course of the three-day holiday weekend (Oct. 11-13) and may well equal the earlier film’s $15 million final total.

The only other Hollywood film breaking into the top ten was “Fantastic Four,” which bowed on 639 screens, but could only pull in $780,000 on 70,800 admissions, good enough for number six.

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