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TOKYO – Toho’s animated feature “Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016” topped the Japanese box office for the third straight weekend, boosted by the start of spring vacation for the nation’s students.

Over the March 19-20 weekend it earned $3.5 million on 347,000 admissions, bringing its cumulative total to $18 million after 21 days on release.

Bowing in second place was Warner’s “Erased” (aka ‘Boku Dake ga Inai Machi’), a sci-fi thriller based on a hit comic book about a struggling comic book artist who travels through time to right wrongs. Released on 329 screens, the film made $1.9 million on 170,000 admissions and is expected to reach the JPY1.5 billion ($13.4 million) milestone.

The highest ranking new foreign film was Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” in 13th place. Released in Japan by Toho Towa on 67 screens, exact box office and admissions were not reported.