Japan Box Office: ‘Sniper’ Hits Target With Top Spot

TOKYO — “American Sniper” topped the Japanese box office for the weekend of Feb. 21-22 with an estimated $2.8 million on 250,000 admissions from 333 screens.

Grabbing a 48% share of earnings among the top five box office entries, “Sniper” had the fastest start in Japan of any Clint Eastwood film since the Japanese-language “Letters from Iwo Jima,” which finished with $43 million in 2007.
Sliding from first to second was the reality-show-based “Terrace House,” which saw Saturday and Sunday advance ticket sales fall by 52% from the previous weekend, to 46,800. Figures are based on advanced online ticket sales only and do not include those at theaters.

Entering its 10th week on release, number three “Big Hero 6,” drove its cumulative box office to $72.3 million (JPY8.6 billion) on 6.7 million admissions. Its Oscar for best animated feature should boost this total even higher.  
The only other new entry to the top ten was “The Fault In Our Stars,” which charted at number ten with $325,000 on 28,900 admissions in its opening frame.
Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey” dropped out of the top ten one week after debuting at number five. 

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