Copyright 2001

[ October 11th 2001 ]

Muscling 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.

The Angelina 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.

Raider 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 Diary.

Despite 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.

Figures compiled by Variety Magazine.

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