Praised Hollywood production “Pacific Rim” by Guillermo del Toro ranked sixth in the Japanese box office chart, in the opening weekend of August 10-11. The robots-versus-monsters epic, inspired by Japanese kaiju (monster) pics, scored $3.04 million from 134,506 admissions.
The other Hollywood opener, “World War Z,” earned $3.38 million for the number two slot, selling 236,910 tickets. Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” was the box office leader for the fourth weekend in a row, with a total of $57 million.
Prior to the opening of “World War Z,” both Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie made the PR rounds in Japan. “Pacific Rim” helmer Guillermo del Toro and star Rinko Kikuchi also appeared before the fans, but local coverage centered on the charming nine-year-old Mana Ashida, who has a supporting role in the picture, the media write.
“Pacific Rim” had a “mild” performance in Japan, contrasting with the picture’s success in China. There it held on to its number one spot for the second week, taking $33.9 million despite strong competition from local franchise movie “Tiny Times 2.0.” That lifted its cumulative total to $79.5 million. Budgeted at nearly $200 million, “Pacific Rim” has earned $344 million worldwide.