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Japan Box Office: ‘Monster Strike,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Dispute Top Spot

TOKYO – Warner’s animation “Monster Strike The Movie Hajimari no Basho e” (translation: Monster Strike The Movie: To the Place of the Beginning) bowed atop the Japanese box office for the weekend of Dec. 10-11.

Based on a popular game app, the film earned $3.8 million on 390,000 admissions.  Boosted by game tie-ins that have drawn fans to theaters, the film is expected to reach the $15 million mark.

According to Japanese box office rankings, which are counted by admissions, Warner’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” slipped to number two on 380,000 admissions. In gross terms “Beasts” was the weekend winner with $4.9 million. And after only 19 days on release the film had boosted its cumulative total to $35 million – the fastest pace by a live-action movie this year.

Warner also claimed the number six spot with the local horror-thriller “Museum.”

This week also saw the release by Toei of the latest feature entry in the long-running “Masked Rider” action series. It made $2.4 million, 24% better than the opening by the previous series installment, in December last year.

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