8:17 PM PST 3/1/2016 by Gavin J. Blair
Elsewhere, ‘The Finest Hours’ bows at No. 4 and ‘The Martian’ takes its total to $23 million after four weekends at No. 1.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight opened, appropriately enough, at No. 8 in Japan over the weekend, taking ￥47 million ($420,000) from a limited release on 119 screens. Distributor Gaga’s decision for a limited release took into account the pic’s lack of a top Hollywood star and the limited appeal of Westerns in Japan.
Tarantino’s biggest hit here was the heavily Japanese-themed Kill Bill, which grossed $20 million, though Kill Bill II managed only $8.5 million. Inglourious Basterds, helped by Brad Pitt, a big draw in Japan, finished with $6.6 million after a $1.6 million opening weekend.
The Martian spent its fourth weekend atop the box office, taking another $1.9 million on Saturday and Sunday from 145,000 admissions. Ridley Scott’s space drama has now collected $23 million to help push its global total past the $400 million mark.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell two spots to No. 7 after its 11th weekend and brought its cume to $93.4 million from 7.2 million admissions during its long run in the top 10.
At No. 2 was local high school drama I’m Not Just Going to Do What Kurosaki-kun Says from the manga-TV series-movie pipeline, which raked in $1.69 million from 158,000 admissions on only 160 screens. That put it at No. 1 on the local charts, which are determined by number of tickets sold rather than box-office gross.
Nobunaga Concerto, a time-travel samurai comedy-drama, fell one place to No. 3 after its sixth weekend of release.
Disney’s sea disaster epic The Finest Hours, released in Japan as The Blizzard, bowed at No. 4 and took in $885,000 from a 407-screen release.
At No. 6 was Ericson Core’s Point Break remake, down three spots from its debut last weekend.
Next weekend will see a Japan release for The Big Short, fresh from its best adapted screenplay Oscar win. The Adam McKay-directed tale of the global financial crisis will be titled Money Short — Karei naru Dai-Gyakuten (The Splendor of the Big Reversal). Dai-Gyakuten was the Japanese title of the 1983 Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd comedy Trading Places.