TOKYO — The Toho time-travel thriller “Nobunaga Concert” reigned atop the Japanese box office for the second weekend.
For the Jan. 30-31 frame the film earned $4.9 million on 461,000 admissions, running its nine-day total to $14 million from 1.3 million admissions. Based on Ayumi Ishii’s best-selling comic, the film’s alternative take on Japanese history — a modern-day youth finds himself standing in for a famous warlord — has pulled in a wide demographic.
At number two was “Sayonara Abunai Deka” (‘Goodbye Dangerous Detectives’), the latest and quite possibly last installment in a venerable series featuring two wise-cracking cops played by Hiroshi Tachi and Kyohei Shibata. Distributed by Toei, the film earned $2.4 million on 217,000 admissions and is expected to finished near JPY1.5 billion ($12 million).
The highest-ranked new foreign film, debuting at number four, was Warner’s “Black Mass,” which recorded $936,000 on 86,200 admissions. In addition to fans of star Johnny Depp, the film was reportedly popular with female fans of co-star Benedict Cumberbatch. Its forecast final total is $6.0 million.