Japan Box Office: Local Films ‘As The Gods Will,’ ‘Pale Moon’ Win Weekend

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TOKYO – “As the Gods Will,” Miike Takashi’s blood-spattered shocker about teens forced to play a deadly game, opened atop the Japanese B.O. for the Nov. 15-16 weekend.

Bowing on 318 screens, the pic earned $1.54 million on 134,000 admissions and is expected to finish north of $10 million.

Debuting at number two on 260 screens was “Pale Moon,” Daihachi Yoshida’s drama about a middle-aged bank employee who embezzles to support her young lover. Boosted by star Rie Miyazawa’s best actress prize at the recently ended Tokyo festival, the film took $1.14 million on 104,000 admissions and is also tipped for a $10 million plus total.

Their debuts meant that there was no Hollywood film in the top five. “Expendables 3” slipped to sixth spot.

The only other new addition to the top ten was the Seiji Mizushima animation “Expelled from Paradise,” which entered at number nine with $250,000 from 17,300 admissions on 13

Among art house openers were Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “The Young and Prodigious P.S, Spivet,” with $132,206 from 10,200 admissions and 26 screens, and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” with a three-day total of $89,100 from 7,700 admissions and 11 screens.