LARA CROFT MUSCLES
IN ON JAPAN
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ October 11th 2001 ]
into Japan last weekend, Paramount Pictures Lara
Croft: Tomb Raider motion picture assaulted the
Japanese box office kicking serious butt and discharging
long-running local champ Final Fantasy - Spirited
Away off its pedestal.
Jolie vehicle racked up $6.6 million in three
days on 358 screens, benefiting from the Monday
public holiday. Paramounts videogame adaptation
of the same name is handled by Toho-Towa, producer
Mutual Films' Japanese partner.
routed the reign of Toho toon Spirited Away, which
held top spot in the market for 11 straight weeks,
fighting off challenges from Jurassic Park III,
Planet of the Apes, Rush Hour 2 and Bridget Jones's
the Lara Croft invasion, the remarkably resilient
Spirited Away dipped by a mere 5% in its 12th
weekend in Japan's key cities. Foreign cume of
Croft topped $115 million, highlighted by the
U.K.'s $17.6 million, Germany's $12 million, France's
$11.1 million, Australia's $8.2 million and Spain's
$7.7 million. Pic's last remaining market is Italy,
where it's slated for Dec. 14.
compiled by Variety Magazine.