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Eternal Zero tops Japan's New Year's B.O.

Eternal Zero tops Japan's New Year's B.O.

By Kevin Ma

Wed, 08 January 2014, 09:30 AM (HKT)

Box Office News

The Eternal 0 永遠の0 (2013) remained the top draw in Japanese cinemas during the weeklong New Year's (or shogatsu) holiday.

YAMAZAKI Takashi 山崎貴's war drama has been the top film for three consecutive weekends, grossing ¥372 million (US$3.56 million) in its second weekend (28-29 Dec 2013) and ¥532 million (US$5.09 million) in its third weekend (4-5 Jan 2014). After 16 days on release, it has made ¥3.21 billion (US$30.8 million) from 2.58 million admissions.

One year ago, One Piece Film Z ワンピース フィルム ゼット (2012) was the top film during the holiday period. It spent four consecutive weekends at the top for a total of ¥6.85 billion (US$65.6 million). Les Misérables (2012) was the second-placed film for five consecutive weekends, grossing a total of ¥5.93 billion (US$56.8 million).

Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie ルパン三世vs名探偵コナン THE MOVIE (2013) also remained strong during the holidays, spending three consecutive weekends as the second-placed film. After 30 days on release, it has made ¥3.59 billion (US$34.4 million) from 2.99 million admissions.

Opening third-placed on the weekend of 28-29 Dec, animated feature Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission 劇場版 HUNTERxHUNTER〜The Last Mission〜 (2013) dropped to sixth place in its second weekend. It has made ¥571 million (US$5.47 million) after ten days on release.

Opening on the same day as Hunter x Hunter, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) has made only ¥183 million (US$1.75 million) after ten days on release. Two years ago, The Hunger Games (2012) made ¥295 million (US$ ) in its first two weekends for a total of ¥398 million (US$3.81 million).

Thanks to positive word-of-mouth and its four Golden Globe nominations, Gravity (2013) remained strong over the holidays. The Alfonso CUARÓN film saw a week-on-week increase of 23% in its fourth weekend, grossing ¥213 million (US$2.04 million) for a 24-day total of ¥2.1 billion (US$20.1 million).

Ask This of Rikyu 利休にたずねよ (2013) also saw a week-on-week increase of 124% in its fifth weekend, returning to the admission ranking at tenth place. After 30 days on release, the biopic has made ¥664 million (US$6.36 million).

This week, two domestic films – comedy Judge ジャッジ (2013) and Trick the Movie: Last Stage トリック劇場版 ラストステージ (2014) – will open against Escape Plan (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). Other new releases include Dangerous Liaisons 危險關係 (2012), Killing Season (2013), Drug War 毒戰 (2012) and Seventh Code セブンスコード (2013).

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