‘WTC’ towers over Japanese B.O.

'Trade' pulls in $3.34 million

TOKYO — “World Trade Center” topped the Japanese B.O. following its Oct. 8 bow.

In its first two days the Oliver Stone thriller grossed ¥400 million ($3.34 million) on nearly 350 screens, beating out hit domestic weeper “Namida soso.”

“That’s a start similar to ‘The Terminal,’ another big hit for us,” said UIP rep Masahiro Ishigaki. Released in Japan in December 2004, “The Terminal” finished with $34.7 million. However, the B.O. forecast for “World Trade Center” is between $12.5 million and $16.7 million.

“‘World Trade Center’ is appealing to a wide demographic — families, young people, older people,” Ishigaki said. “It’s got a strong emotional impact.”

Another recent UIP release with a similar impact — and B.O. results — was “United 93.” “That film did extraordinarily well for us, but that’s what the market seems to want now, from both foreign and Japanese films alike,” Ishigaki said. Released on 200 screens, “United 93” earned 900 $7.5 million.

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