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Japan Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Bows at No. 1

TOKYO – Warner’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” bowed at number one in the Japanese box office for the Nov. 26-27 weekend. But its score was weaker than the last “Harry Potter” film.

Debuting on Nov. 23, the film earned $7.3 million on 546,000 admissions in its opening frame and $15 million in its first five days on release.

This is nearly 40% less than the first weekend take of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which had a lifetime score of $86 million in Japan in 2011.

Slipping to second place after 13 weeks on top of the rankings was the animation “Your Name.” The film recorded $1.9 million for the weekend, while driving its cumulative total to $173 million and overtaking Hayao Miyazaki animation “Princess Mononoke.”

Moving up the ranks from number ten to number six was the sleeper hit animation “In This Corner of the World.” Now in its third week on release, with Tokyo Theatre releasing, this drama made $578,000 on an expanded 82 screens. Strong word of mouth on social media and elsewhere filled seats. The film’s cumulative total to date is $2.7 million.

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