Japan Box Office: Sion Sono’s ‘Shinjuku Swan’ Unseats ‘Cinderella’

Disney’s Cinderella has finally lost her throne after five weeks atop the Japanese box office. Director Sion Sono’s Shinjuku Swan (新宿スワン), adapted from a popular manga series about a prostitute talent agent in Tokyo’s red light district, grossed ¥252.3 million ($2.1 million) with 175,337 admissions on 320 screens over this weekend. The film is Sony’s first ever Japanese film to debut at #1 and the festival favorite Sono’s biggest commercial hit.

Cinderella dropped to second place in her sixth weekend, but has danced to a combined ¥4.96 billion ($40.8 million) with 3.91 million admissions. She is the #3 highest-grossing film of 2015 behind Yo-Kai Watch: It’s the Secret of Birth, Meow! (¥7.72 billion, $65.6 million) and fellow Disney flick Big Hero 6 (¥9.15 billion, $77.6 million). Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out opens July 18 in Japan.

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