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Int’l Box Office Update: ‘The Equalizer’ Clocks $19M In Debut; ‘Maze Runner’ Races To $92.3M; ‘Gone Girl’ On Deck; More

16 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Final Update, 3:30 Pm: Final grosses have been updated for the following films: The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls, Annabelle, Lucy, Hercules, Into the Storm, Let’s Be Cops, The Drop, If I Stay, The Dwarf, Boyhood, Get On Up, Sex Tape, horror films The Purge: Anarchy and As Above/So Below, 22 Jump Street, El Nino, Relatos Salvajes, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, and the big U.S. tentpoles Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also added are the thriller about hacking

2Nd Update, 6:37 Pm Pt: Despite the arrival of The Equalizer on 4,994 international screens, for a total take of $19M (including Village Roadshow markets), and the continued effort of The Maze Runner, this was a reasonably quiet overseas weekend whose initial estimates for the Top 10 studio releases are down about 15% on last frame. Those numbers don »

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‘Maze Runner’ Adds $38M Internationally With No. 1s In 50 Countries; ‘Apes’ Crosses $100M In China

22 September 2014 2:37 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updated, Monday, 12:47 Pm: We have all 29 films’ final totals updated so far, including this weekend’s big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal’s The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let’s Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks’ Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount’s newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox’s Ya success story The Fault In Our Stars, Universal’s horror flicks As Above/So Below and The Purge: Anarchy, Fox’s El Nino, Finding Fanny, Doktorspiele and Guten Tag, Ramon. We also just got Warner Bros. titles’ Dolphin Tale 2, Into The Storm, If I Stay, Relatos Salvajes and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends and other Uni titles The Riot Club, indie fav Boyhood and dance franchise Step Up All In. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Beats ‘Apes’ at Japanese Box Office

22 September 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends,” the third and final film in a trilogy about a reformed samurai assassin in post-feudal-era Japan, won its second weekend with $3.84 million on 321,000 admissions for the Sept. 20-21 frame. That drove its cume to $20 million on 1.76 million admissions.

Meanwhile, the second pic in the trilogy, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno,” earned a total of $45 million, while staying in the top ten. All three films, including the 2012 first “Rurouni Kenshin” (Bo: $26 million) are produced by Warner Entertainment Japan.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” bowed at number two in its last major international territory, with $1.9 million on 149,000 admissions on 712 screens. The previous picture in the series, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” finished with $22 million in Japan. »

- Mark Schilling

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Japan Box Office: 'Apes' Opens Behind Samurai Film

22 September 2014 4:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in second place at the Japanese box office this weekend in its final major market launch. The 20th Century Fox film has done well in various international markets. With $1.9 million (¥21 million), it dragged way behind the $3.8 million (¥41.8 million) that Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the final part of a samurai sword-fighting trilogy directed by Keishi Otomo, took in its second weekend on top. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened on 712 screens, a wide release for Japan, and pulled in just shy

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La Eigafest: What It's Like to Attend a Japanese Film Festival

22 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

The Japan Film Society held its 4th annual La EigaFest from September 12-14. "Eiga" means film in Japanese, and the EigaFest introduces American audiences to some of the best films from Japan. With a film lineup of 16 feature-length films and 5 competition shorts, EigaFest was the best way for me as a newcomer to enter the world of Japanese cinema!

The first movie I watched was a psychological thriller called Genome Hazard. With a South Korean Director and a Japanese cast, parts of the film were both spoken in Korean and Japanese. Genome Hazard had an intriguing premise, fascinating characters, and plot twist after plot twist that really racked my brains.

I interviewed Melvina Sato, who grew up in the States but immerses herself in Japanese culture all the same. This was her second year as a moviegoer for the La EigaFest. She spoke about the difference between Hollywood and Japanese cinema. »

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Japanese Box Office: ‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends’ Rules

16 September 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends,” the second installment of a two-parter about a reformed sword-wielding assassin in post-feudal-era Japan, opened at number one with $8.6 million on 717,958 admissions for the Sept. 13-14 frame. That was 55% better than the opening weekend B.O. for the previous installment, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.”

The film’s total take for the three-day holiday weekend was $12 million.

Meanwhile, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” ranked in at number seven with a cume approaching the five billion yen ($47 million) milestone. Both films are Warner Entertainment Japan productions.

Also entering the rankings last weekend was “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which grabbed the number three spot with $2.9 million on 176,233 admissions and 595 screens.

Bowing at number five was “Lady Maiko,” a singing-and-dancing musical by “Shall We Dance?” director Masayuki Suo. The film took just over $1 million on 91,772 admissions to rank in at number five, and is expected to pass the $10 million mark. »

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Intl Box Office Final: No. 1 Bragging Rights In China Too Close To Call As ‘Storm,’ ‘Expendables 3′ And ‘Apes’ Fight It Out

15 September 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

4th Update, Monday, 2:43 Pm Pt: Who was No. 1 this weekend in China? It’s just not clear. Although Warner Bros reported $7.7M this afternoon for Into The Storm, Fox reported $7.64M for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and it looks like Expendables 3 ended up with $7.5M (according to Rentrak). But China reporting on box office is always a bit sketchy and numbers tend to fluctuate, which may be why another final total for Into The Storm shows it pulled in only $7.16M. Warners is sticking by its $7.7M number (which includes previews). So, to be fair to both parties, it’s really too close to call.

Final grosses are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy and other films including The Maze Runner (which bows in the states next weekend), The Boxtrolls (which won’t bow until September 26 in the U.S.), Dolphin Tale 2, Lucy, Finding Fanny (which »

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Review: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Delivers Grand Thrills

4 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Satoh Takeru's wandering samurai returns in a sequel that improves considerably on the enjoyable first feature while setting the scene for the soon to follow finale. The first film's strength was its high production value and visually exciting action scenes that really put it above many other manga adaptations that are so frequently hampered by TV aesthetics and distractingly awful CGI. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno impresses from the stunning opening onwards as it attempts to tell a much grander story with a marked step-up in characterization and a darker tone. Setting the tone, we begin with returning character Saitoh, the chain-smoking captain of the new government's police forces as they closes in on fearsome renegade Shishio ( Fujiwara Tatsuya). The hapless police are slaughtered in...

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Japan Box Office: ‘Doraemon’ Stands Still on Top

2 September 2014 2:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — The smash hit animation “Stand By Me Doraemon” won the Aug. 30-31 weekend with $4.96 million on 380,005 admissions, improving on its score for the previous frame.

Now in its fourth week on release, the film boasts a cumulative total of JPY5.8 billion ($55 million) from 4.38 million admissions, making its entry into the six billion Yen club a certainty. 

Entering the B.O. chart at number two was “Lupin III,” a live-action version of a long-lived comic/anime franchise about the escapades of the irrepressible eponymous thief. The film recorded $4.24 million on 335,000 admissions from 307 screens and now seems likely to reach the $30 million mark.

Bowing at number three was the Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” which earned a solid $1.9 million on 150,000 admissions. This was twice the opening-weekend take of the 2008 Besson-produced thriller “Taken.”  Toho Towa is handling the release. 

Among other films returning to the chart, the Warner-produced “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” had the highest cume, »

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Update: Int’l Box Office: ‘Apes’ Dawns In China With $47M; ‘Into The Storm’ Whips Up Korea #1; ‘Lucy’ Crosses $150M; More

31 August 2014 9:02 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3Rd Update, 9:02 Pm Pt: International box office was even with last weekend across the Top 10 studio releases with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the big gorilla thanks to a strong China opening. Lucy was also in on the action again this frame with a cumulative $31.2M in Universal and EuropaCorp territories. Compared to last year, the session was up 39%. Players at that time included Elysium, One Direction: This Is Us and The Conjuring, with Monsters University adding another $10M in China.

Along with Apes this weekend in China, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a strong performer and is expected to take the No. 2 spot with $6.3M in frame 3. After a period that saw a focus on boosting local movies, the market is now getting a steady influx of Hollywood titles – Expendables 3 opens there tomorrow (Monday) and Into The Storm blows in on Sept 12. Also in Asia, »

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The Legend Ends this September

31 August 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Based on the popular manga series "Rurouni Kenshin", written & illustrated by Watsuki Nobuhiro, we first bought you news of Kyoto Inferno hitting Japanese cinema screens a little while back now. Both that and the upcoming second sequel were directed by Ohtomo Keishi, who directed the first Rurouni Kenshin film in 2012. The third instalment, fittingly entitled The Legend Ends, is set for release on September 13, 2014. We now have a final trailer for the new film with English subtitles and it certainly looks like a fitting end to the trilogy. Check it out at the link below. Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends trailer »

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Theatrical Trailer For Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends

29 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, the first of two sequels to the 2012 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film opened on August 1, 2014 in Japan. To date, the film has earned $30.64M dollars in Japan.     Courtesy of Ann, we have a translation of what's being stated in the trailer. Kenshin: There is an opponent that I must defeat. The man Makoto Shishio who became the hitokiri after me is threatening the country. Shishio: It's time to start taking back the country! Kenshin: If he takes control of the country, so many people will suffer. Text: For the sake of the future Man: Place the fate of Japan on your swords!! Text: That was entrusted to a single man. Shishio: That guy is still alive. If you hold your life dear, find him, and behead him before the people. Kaoru: Stop it!! Shishio: It's time to end this. Aoshi: I've thrown away everything in order to defeat you. »

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Japan Box Office: ‘Doraemon’ Stays on Top

26 August 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — The number one movie at the Japanese box office, for the 3rd weekend in a row, was “Stand By Me Doraemon.”  

The first 3D CG entry in the long-running animation series about a blue robot cat and its boy companion drove its cumulative score to $44.1 million over the Aug. 23-24 weekend. It now looks likely to reach the JPY5 billion ($48 million) milestone sometime this week. 

Number two was “Hot Road,” starring hot young actor Rena Nonen as a 14-year-old who falls for a biker in 1980s Japan. The picture raised its cume to $10.5 million in its second week on release.

The Warner-produced samurai pic “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” held onto 3rd place in its third week on release with a cume of $36.5 million. The film’s second part, “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends,” will hit theaters on Sept. 13. 

Entering the charts at number four was Warner’s “Into the Storm. »

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Intl Box Office Update: ‘Lucy’ Crosses $100M Overseas; ‘Sin City 2′ Drops In Russia; More

25 August 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

4th Update, 2:33 Pm Pt: Universal, Sony and Lionsgate have weighed in, so we have nine more titles reporting (see below for final numbers on all films).

3Rd Update, 12:45 Pm Pt: Actuals are coming in for the international weekend with Disney, Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros reporting. There were no major discrepancies, although Guardians Of The Galaxy jumped from an estimated $20.7M to $21.3M for the weekend. In the reverse, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was less sexy than predicted in Russia with $3.35M versus an initial estimate of $4.7M. Fox is releasing there on behalf of A Company Russia. Figures have been updated for the films above as well as How To Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into The Storm, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, The Fault In Our Stars, Relatos Salvajes, Let’s Be Cops, »

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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Watch The Stellar New Trailer For The Epic Finale.

22 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The live action adaptations of hugely popular manga and anime series Rurouni Kenshin have been positively tearing up the Japanese box office charts and it's not hard at all to see why. Ohtomo Keishi's first installment - released in 2012 - delivered such an entertaining piece of spectacle for both old fans and new that a further two films were greenlit immediately to be released back to back forming a full trilogy. Part two? Also a huge hit. Part three? That releases September 13th and, yep, the freshly released - and English subtitled - trailer promises a truly epic finale. This is just pure entertainment. Take a look below....

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Tom Cruise to Be Honored with Japan’s J3C Award at L.A. EigaFest

20 August 2014 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The fourth annual L.A. EigaFest, running Sept. 12-14 at the Egyptian Theater, will honor Tom Cruise with the second annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Award (J3C Award). The award, presented by the Japanese government, honors Hollywood creators and personalities who help bring Japanese content to a worldwide audience.

This is the first time that the J3C Awards will be held in conjunction with L.A. EigaFest. In addition to Tom Cruise, “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman and “Godzilla” producer Legendary Pictures will be honored at the ceremony, held Sept. 13 at the official residence of the consul general of Japan in Los Angeles.

L.A. EigaFest, presented by the Japan Film Society, hosts several premieres and special screenings with the intention of showcasing Japanese and Japanese-influenced films to American audiences.

This year, L.A. EigaFest will open with the international premiere of “Lupin the Third,” featuring director »

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Japan Box Office: ‘Doraemon’ Leads for 2nd Week

19 August 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — “Stand By Me Doraemon,” the 3D CG reworking of a long-running 2D animated series about a robot cat and his boy companion, earned $6.8 million on 503,000 admissions on the weekend (Aug. 16-17) to drive its cume to $31.8 million, while taking the Bo top spot for the second weekend in a row. The pic is now expected to finish with $52 million. 

Bowing in the number two slot was “Hot Road,” a Japanese drama about a teen girl’s love for a bad-boy biker in the 1980s, which opened with $3.9 million on 284,000 admissions. The popularity of lead Rena Nonen, fresh from her starring turn in the hit Nhk drama “Ama-chan,” boosted the pic’s B.O., especially in the provinces. 

Ranking in third was “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno,” the first of a two-part samurai swashbuckler produced by Warner Entertainment Japan. The pic dropped just 19% from the previous weekend, while driving its »

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Japan Box Office: ‘Doraemon’ Cartoon Trumps Tepid ‘Transformers 4′

12 August 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo – “Transformers: Age of Extinction” entered the Japanese Bo at number three for the weekend of August 9-10 with $4.75 million on 302,992 admissions and 760 screens. The three-day total for the fourth entry in the “Transformers” series, including Friday sneaks, was $5.1 million.

Japan was the last major territory to release the movie, which has already grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

The bow for “Transformers 4” was 15% lower than the first weekend B.O. recorded by the third part “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” in 2011. That went on to earn $41.6 million in Japan.

Leading the B.O. for the weekend was “Stand By Me Doraemon,” the first 3D CG entry in the long-running anime series about a robot cat and his boy companion. Opening on 319 screens, less than half of the total for “Transformers 4,” the local film scored $7.5 million on 554,911 admissions. Its three-day total was $9.7 million.

Last week’s number one, “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, »

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Intl Box Office Final: ‘Turtles’ Kicks In $29M Opening; ‘Guardians’ At $313M Ww; ‘Maleficent’ Tops $500M; ‘InBetweeners 2′ Smashes UK Records

11 August 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3rd Update, Monday, 1.45 Pm and 3:15 Pm: All major titles are updated, including opener Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which has tallied $94.5M worldwide, Guardians of the Galaxy (now at $313M ww), openers Into the Storm, Step Up All In, and holdovers Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Lucy, Boyhood, Neighbors, The Purge: Anarchy, The Fault in Our Stars, How Train Your Dragon 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Blended, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Just received Sony’s final numbers on Sex Tape and 22 Jump Street a little after 3 p.m.

2nd Update, Sunday 2:00 Pm: We’ve added openers Into the Storm and about 15 more titles from Universal, Fox, Warner Bros. and others, including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opened in Germany as No. 1 in the marketplace. It has yet to bow in China and has already passed the lifetime »

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Intl Box Office Final: ‘Turtles’ Kicks In $29M Opening; ‘Guardians’ At $313M Ww; ‘Maleficent’ Tops $500M; ‘InBetweeners 2′ Smashes UK Records

11 August 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3rd Update, Monday, 1.45 Pm and 3:15 Pm: All major titles are updated, including opener Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which has tallied $94.5M worldwide, Guardians of the Galaxy (now at $313M ww), openers Into the Storm, Step Up All In, and holdovers Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Lucy, Boyhood, Neighbors, The Purge: Anarchy, The Fault in Our Stars, How Train Your Dragon 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Blended, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Just received Sony’s final numbers on Sex Tape and 22 Jump Street a little after 3 p.m. 2nd Update, Sunday […] »

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