Wolverine failed to stop the reign of Beauty and the Beast at the Japan box office as it opens in second place.
Opening on 360 locations on Thursday, Logan earned ¥163 million (US$1.48 million) from 114,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday. The James Mangold film has made ¥277 million (US$2.52 million) after four days on release.
Unlike previous films in the franchise, Logan was released with a restricted R-15 rating in Japan.
In 2013, The Wolverine earned ¥238 million (US$2.15 million) over its first three days on release. It earned a total of ¥812 million (US$7.35 million) during its theatrical run.
Taking the top spot for the seventh consecutive weekend – the longest reign for a western film since Frozen’s 16-week reign in 2014 – Beauty and Beast earned an additional ¥360 million (US$3.26 million) from 216,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday. It has now earned ¥10.5 billion (US$94.9 million).
Local period comedy Flower and Sword (花戦さ) opened in third place, earning ¥126 million (US$1.14 million) from 107,000 admissions in 353 locations. Directed by Tetsuo Shinohara, the film stars Mansai Nomura as a monk and flower arrangement master who challenges Hideyoshi Toyotomi to save a fellow monk.
With a week-on-week drop of only 13.7%, To Each His Own (ちょっと今から仕事やめてくる) dropped to fourth place, earning ¥119 million (US$1.08 million) from 86,000 admissions on Saturday and Sunday. The 20-something drama has made ¥435 million (US$3.94 million) after two weekends.
What a Wonderful Family! 2 (家族はつらいよ 2) dropped to fifth place, earning ¥81.4 million (US$737,000) on Saturday and Sunday. The Shochiku comedy has made ¥445 million (US$4.03million) after two weekends.
Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon (昼顔) and Confession of Murder (22年目の告白―私が殺人犯です―) – The Japanese remake of the Korean film – open this weekend.