‘Cinderella’ Dethroned by ‘Shinjuku Swan’ at Japan Box Office

Shinjuku Swan
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TOKYO — Sion Sono’s adaptation of the long-running “Shinjuku Swan” comic, about a recruiter for Japan’s vast sex industry who finds love and violence in Tokyo’s Kabukicho red-light district, topped the Japanese box office last week. Bowing on 320 screens, the film earned $2 million over the weekend, pushing “Cinderella” out of first place after five straight weekends at No. 1.

“Shinjuku Swan” is expected to finish near the $15 million mark.

Falling to second place, “Cinderella” drove its cumulative total to $39.5 million on 3.9 million admissions and now looks certain to pass the 4 million milestone. Last week’s No. 2, the Yukihiko Tsutsumi mystery-romance “Initiation Love,” slipped one notch to No. 3 while making $1.4 million on 120,000 admissions.

Also bowing last weekend was “An,” Naomi Kawase’s Cannes Un Certain Regard entry, which ranked No. 11 with $323,000 on 77 screens for its opening frame.

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