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Japan Box Office: ‘Library Wars 2’ Wins Second Weekend

TOKYO — “Library Wars — The Last Mission,” Shinsuke Sato’s thriller about the battle to save free expression in near-future Japan, won its second weekend at the local box office, with Toho distributing.

In the Oct. 17-18 frame the film earned $1.45 million on 130,000 admissions to boost its cumulative total to $7.1 million. This is slower than the pace of the 2013 previous film, which recorded $8 million in its first nine days on release.

Moving up one rank to number two in its second week on release was Warner’s “The Intern,” which took $1.3 million on 106,000 admissions. Its cumulative total now stands at $6.0 million, with strong support from women, especially those about the same age as Anne Hathaway’s businesswoman character.

Fading to third was Toho’s buddy comedy “Bakuman,” which ranked at third with $1.15 million on 103,000 admissions.

The only newcomer to the top ten this week was Keanu Reeves-starring actioner “John Wick,” which debuted at number five with $658,000 on 54,600 admissions for distributor Pony Canyon.

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