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Thanks to the spring break school holidays, family films continue to dominate the Japan box office.
With a week-on-week drop of only 18%, Dreamworks’ Sing topped the box office for the second consecutive weekend, earning ¥451 million (US$4.05 million) from 351,000 admissions at 579 locations on Saturday and Sunday. The animated film has earned ¥1.86 billion (US$16.7 million) after two weekends.
Japan is the only territory where the singing scenes of the film are also dubbed, with local pop singers taking over voice acting duties.
Disney’s Moana remained in second place in terms of admissions with ¥372 million (US$26 million) from 291,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday. The animated adventure has made ¥2.58 billion (US$23.2 million) after three weekends.
Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi (映画ドラえもん のび太の南極カチコチ大冒険) remained in third place in terms of admissions, earning ¥340 million (US$23.7 million) from 258,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday. It has earned ¥2.582 billion (US$23.2 million) after four weekends.
In terms of revenue, Kong: Skull Island landed on second place thanks to 3D and IMAX premium tickets. However, in terms of admissions, the Warner Brothers/Legendary monster film opened in fourth place, earning ¥396 million (US$3.56 million) from 257,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday.
New local teen fares failed to make a dent at the box office this weekend. Daytime Shooting Star (ひるなかの流星), opened in fifth place with ¥254 million (US$2.28 million) from 271 locations from Friday to Sunday. Based on a comic book, the teen romance stars up-and-coming actress Mei Nagano as a high school student caught in a love triangle between her homeroom teacher and a classmate (played by Exile/Generations member Aran Shirahama).
Ryuichi Hiroki’s Policeman and Me (PとJK) opened in seventh place, earning ¥174 million (US$1.56 million) from 302 locations over Saturday and Sunday. The Shochiku release stars Tao Tsuchiya as a high school student who meets a policeman (Johnny’s idol Kazuya Kamenashi) at a group blind date while posing as a university student.
Sci-fi romance Passengers crashed and burned at ninth place, earning only ¥169 million (US$1.523354 million) from 495 locations between Friday and Sunday.
The Lego Batman Movie, Ankoku Joshi (暗黒女子), Moonlight and Jackie open this weekend.