Japan Box Office: ‘Ragnarok’ Muscles its way to Weekend Win

Disney’s “Thor: Ragnarok” muscled its way to the top of the Japanese box office in its opening frame. A total of three films bowed in the top ten for the three-day holiday weekend, which started with Culture Day on Nov. 3.

The third entry in the “Thor” series opened on that day and pulled in $2.0 million for Saturday and Sunday, a 23% improvement over the previous “Thor” entry, “The Dark World.” In its first three days, “Ragnarok” ran its cumulative total to $3.5 million on 259,000 admissions. It is expected to end its first run around $15 million mark.

Debuting in the number two spot was the Warner shocker “It,” with $1.6 million from Saturday and Sunday. It is forecast to finish around $10 million.

Opening in third spot, was Toho’s “The Last Recipe.” Directed by Yojiro Takita (“Departures”) and starring Kazunari Ninomiya (“Letters from Iwo Jima”) as a star chef in search of a legendary recipe, the film was released on 312 screens and made $1.2 million. It looks likely to hit $10 million.

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