×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Japan Box Office: ‘Assassination Classroom’ Kills Weekend Top Spot

TOKYO – Topping the Japanese box office for the weekend of March 21-22 was new entry “Assassination Classroom,” a live-action film based on Yusei Matsui’s hit comic.

The story features an octopus-like life-form that teaches a class of junior high school delinquents – and is determined to destroy the Earth. His students are secretly commissioned by the government to assassinate him, but he proves to be surprisingly good at his job and the kids become conflicted. Opening on 313 screens, the film earned $3.42 million on 351,000 admissions and is expected to finish near the $30 million mark.
 
In its third weekend on release the new installment in the long-running “Doraemon” anime series slipped from number one to number two, while running its cumulative total up to $14 million on its 16th day on release.
 
Bowing at number three was “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” with $2.7 million from 663 screens, which was bigger than the third part of “The Hobbit.” The film is projected to end its run at around $15 million.
 
Also new to the top ten BO chart, at number six, was “Super Hero Taisen: Kamen Rider 3-go” (aka “Super Hero Battle: Masked Rider 3”) the latest installment in the “Masked Rider” action series, which scored $1.56 million on 146,000 admissions from 307 screens.
 

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • 4127_D022_00003_RC(l-r.) Elizabeth McGovern stars as Lady

    Box Office: 'Downton Abbey' Dominating 'Ad Astra,' 'Rambo' With $31 Million Opening

    “Downton Abbey” is heading for a positively brilliant opening weekend after scoring $13.8 million in domestic ticket sales on Friday. If estimates hold, the feature film version of the popular British television show should take home approximately $31 million come Sunday, marking the biggest opening ever for distributor Focus Features and beating previous record holder [...]

  • Gully Boy to represent India in

    'Gully Boy' to Represent India In Oscars Race

    The Film Federation of India has chosen Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy” as its entry in the Academy Awards’ international feature film category. The picture, a coming of age tale about an aspiring rapper in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum premiered at the Berlin film festival in February before opening to a wave of acclaim at home in [...]

  • Lucy-Lost

    Cartoon Forum: 30th Anniversary, Little Giants and New Generations

    TOULOUSE, France –  Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Cartoon Forum wrapped Sept. 19 having showcased the ever-growing strength of European animation. 85 projects were pitched from 24 countries at the co-production forum platform that played host to north of 1,000 investors, distributors and producers – a record number. Falling on French-speaking Belgium – Wallonie-Bruxelles – whose [...]

  • Renee Zellweger Rufus Wainwright Sam Smith

    Renée Zellweger: Judy Garland Was 'My Childhood Hero'

    Awards buzz is building around Renée Zellweger for her performance as Judy Garland, emerging as a frontrunner in the Oscar race for best actress. But for her, the real prize was paying tribute to Garland, of whom she’s been a lifelong fan. “Nobody was prettier, nobody sang prettier…the adventures she had, [she was] my childhood [...]

  • Topic Studios

    Layoffs Hit Topic Studios as TV Division Relocates to West Coast (EXCLUSIVE)

    A small round of layoffs has hit Topic Studios this week in the television division, insiders familiar with the company told Variety. One of the insiders said three executives at the New York-based producer and distributor are out: senior vice president of scripted programming and Viacom alum Lisa Leingang, vice president of development Mona Panchal [...]

  • 'Downton Abbey' Music Gets 'Bigger, Better,

    As 'Downton Abbey' Hits the Silver Screen, the Music, Too, Gets 'Bigger, Better, Grander'

    When “Downton Abbey” fans hear that familiar strings-and-piano theme, a Pavlovian response ensues: Get to the television immediately, because you don’t want to miss a minute of the addictive Crawley family melodrama to follow. This week, with the “Downton Abbey” movie reaching theaters on Friday, fans can’t wait for their fix of Lady Mary and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content