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.