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Bolt From the Blue top local film in Japan

Bolt From the Blue top local film in Japan

By Kevin Ma

Tue, 27 May 2014, 11:45 AM (HKT)

Box Office News

Even though it had its largest week-on-week drop, Frozen (2013) remained on top of the Japan box office for the 12th weekend.

The fantasy made an addition ¥700 million (US$6.87 million) from 518,000 admissions on 670 screens on Saturday and Sunday. Its total gross is now ¥19.8 billion (US$195 million), surpassing local animated features Howl's Moving Castle ハウルの動く城 (2004) and Princess Mononoke もののけ姫 (1997) as the fourth highest grossing film of all-time in Japan.

It is expected to surpass Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone's ¥20.3 billion (US$199 million) gross this week to become Japan's third highest-grossing film.

Second-placed, with just over a quarter of the Disney animation's box office, was comedy-drama A Bolt from the Blue 青天の霹靂 (2014) (pictured), the directorial debut of comedian GEKIDAN Hitori 劇団ひとり. From 300 screens, the film – starring OIZUMI Yo 大泉洋, SHIBASAKI Ko 柴咲コウ and Gekidan — made ¥180 million (US$1.76 million) from 131,000 admissions on its first two days.

In 2008, HIRAKAWA Yuichiro 平川雄一朗's ensemble drama Flowers in the Shadows 陰日向に咲く (2008) – also based on a novel by Gekidan – opened with ¥231 million (US$2.27 million) from 312 screens. It made a total of ¥1.95 billion (US$19.1 million) during its theatrical run.

Thermae Romae II テルマエ・ロマエ パートⅡ (2014) dropped to third place, making an additional ¥147 million (US$1.44 million). After five weekends, the time travel comedy has made ¥3.8 billion (US$37.3 million).

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn 7: Over the Rainbow 機動戦士ガンダムUC/episode 7 虹の彼方に (2014) dropped to eighth place with an additional ¥63.9 million (US$627,000) in its second weekend for a total of ¥308 million (US$3.02 million) after nine days in cinemas. The animated sci-fi film is being released on home video next week.

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