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‘Death Note 2’ thriving in Japan

Sequel on track to surpass first film at B.O.

TOKYO — “Death Note 2” scored ¥1.2 billion ($10.2 million) in its first three days in release through Sunday.

This boffo B.O. puts the pic on track to surpass the $24.1 million gross for the first “Death Note” and opens the possibility that the two pics together might hit the ¥10 billion ($84.7 million) mark.

Opening was the best of the year for a local pic after “Umizaru 2 — Test of Trust.”

NTV’s Oct. 27 broadcast of the director’s cut of “Death Note” recorded a high 24.5 rating. Pic was chosen to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the web’s “Friday Road Show” movie showcase.

Based on a popular manga by Tsugumi Ohba, the “Death Note” films focus on a high school student who finds a notebook that deals death to anyone whose name is written in it.

The franchise has spawned a 37-part toon series that began airing on NTV on Oct. 3.

The first pic also opened in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Warner is distribbing in Japan. It has yet to secure U.S. distribution.

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