You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Japan Box Office: Games Fans Put ‘Pixels’ on Top At Weekend

TOKYO — “Pixels” opened at number one on the Japanese charts last weekend, despite its critical pasting and disappointing box office in the U.S. Bowing on 620 screens, with Sony distributing, the film earned $1.8 million on 140,000 admissions.

Working in the movie’s favour, “Pixels” features classic arcade games created in Japan and beloved by local middle-agers who made up a large portion of its first weekend audience. The film is now expected to clear $10 million, traditionally considered the mark of a hit in Japan.

The domestic thriller “The Big Bee” (aka “Tenku no Hachi”) debuted in the number three slot. Based on a best-selling novel by Keigo Higashino, the film revolves around a threat to a nuclear power plant by a remotely controlled helicopter. Bowing on 312 screens, with Shochiku distributing, the film took $1.3 million from 126,000 admissions.

Also debuting last weekend, at number six, was the British action comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service. Distributed by Kadokawa, the film earned $950,000 on 83,600 admissions from 225 screens. Still another newcomer to the top ten chart was the disaster epic “San Andreas, which earned $530,000 for distributor Warner from 46,5000 admissions, enough for the number nine spot.

More Film

  • Francois Ozon's 'The Grace Of God'

    Francois Ozon's 'By The Grace Of God' Delivers Strong B.O. Opening in France

    Rolling off its triumph at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear, François Ozon’s Catholic church sexual abuse drama By “The Grace Of God” had a strong theatrical bow in France where it sold nearly 50,000 tickets on 290 screens on Feb. 20, its first day out One of the best opening [...]

  • David Oyelowo Peter Rabbit 2

    David Oyelowo Joins the Cast of Sony's 'Peter Rabbit' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

    Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo is set to join the cast of Sony Pictures’ “Peter Rabbit 2,” the live-action hybrid sequel to the 2018 family hit, sources tell Variety. He joins Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson, who are returning from the first film, as is James Corden in the voice of the mischievous Peter Rabbit. [...]

  • Luke Wilson Zombieland 2

    Luke Wilson Joins 'Zombieland' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

    Luke Wilson is set to join the ensemble of the upcoming “Zombieland” sequel, sources tell Variety. Wilson will star alongside Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in “Zombieland 2.” As previously reported, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Rosario Dawson are also boarding the cast. In the sequel, the zombie slayers must face [...]

  • Awards Season Mens Fashion Harry Shum

    Men's Fashion Is Changing Things Up This Awards Season

    The standard black tuxedo men donned to awards shows for decades is quickly becoming an outmoded uniform. From bold colors, to striking textures, to novel silhouettes, men’s awards show looks are now just as fashion-forward as women’s. “It was a slow evolution and then a really quick evolution,” says Ilaria Urbinati, who styles Rami Malek, [...]

  • Montage Los Cabos Queen Kapiolani Hotel

    Where to Relax After Awards Season, From Mexico to Hawaii

    Sundance and the Grammys. Here’s where to trip a little light fantastic and celebrate in style, forget disappointments and, best of all, reconnect with loved ones or yourself. FAMILY GETAWAYSDisney magic: Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif. The Disneyland Resort is expert at handling VIPs and the 948-room Grand Californian is its hotel [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content