TOKYO — Disney’s “Finding Dory” debuted atop the Japanese box office for the weekend of July 16-17. Opening on 511 screens, it recorded $7.0 million on 571,000 admissions. For the entire three-day holiday weekend, including Marine Day on Monday July 18, the film earned $11.0 on 922,000 admissions.
The opening frame total was the highest for any foreign film released this year. Its predecessor “Finding Nemo” finished with JPY11 billion ($104 million) in 2003. “Dory” looks likely to equal or surpass that figure.
Bowing at number two was “High & Low the Movie,” an entertainment package featuring the J-pop dance and vocal ensemble Exile and its spin-off group Sandaime J Soul Brothers. Members of the huge Exile fan base flocked to theaters, boosting the film’s forecast cumulative total to the JPY2.5 billion ($24 million) mark.
Debuting at number three was “Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Exquisite Magearna” with $3.1 million on 290,000 admissions from 366 screens. This was down 16% on the previous “Pokemon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages,” which finished with $25 million.
The new film did not apparently benefit from the worldwide excitement over the augmented reality game Pokemon Go, which has yet to arrive in Japan.