Japanese adore ‘Miss Potter’

Zellwegger film gets jump at box office

TOKYO — “Miss Potter,” the Renee Zellwegger starrer about the life of “Peter Rabbit” scribe Beaxtrix Potter, got a big jump on the Japanese market, taking Y85 million ($739,130) its opening weekend, Sept. 22-23.

Released by Kadokawa on 292 screens — compared with about 100 for its U.S. run — the pic pulled in Potter’s large Japanese fan base, who have made her books and related merchandise strong sellers.

If the current numbers hold, the pic could finish with $7.39 million, second internationally only to its U.K. total.

Pic’s worldwide gross to date is $28 million; domestic, $2.98 million.

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