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Pacific Rim Debuts at #5 in Japan, Earns 208 Million Yen


Last weekend was the premiere of 2013's Hollywood tokusatsu filmPACIFIC RIM” in Japanese theaters. Guillermo Del Torro's homage to the Japanese monsters or kaiju films debuted at the fifth spot of the Japan Box Office, earning 207,989,368 yen (US$2,162,951) from 596 screens.

The Jaeger and Kaiju of Pacific Rim didn't stand a chance at the zombie apocalypse of World War Z who debuts at the second spot of the box office, dominating the new movies during the August 10th–11th weekend. Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises still manages to grab the top spot of the box office this week.

Meanwhile, the double-billed Kamen Rider Wizard in Magic Land and Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Gaburincho of Music went down from the fifth spot to the seventh spot this week, earning an additional 140,193,491 yen ($1,936,690) this week, for a total of 554,005,358 yen ($9,626,168) for two weeks.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.

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