After Earth opened to a $2 million weekend in Japan, claiming the top spot at the box office. The film is comparing favorably against previous performances from director M Night Shyamalan and co-star Jayden Smith in the market; After Earth did nearly double the business of Shyamalan's The Last Airbender and scored 5% higher than Jayden's The Karate Kid reboot.
The Great Gatsby held well in its second frame, only dropping 24% for a $1.3 million weekend and a $5.3 million cume in Japan. The market has also given a significant late push to Oblivion and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The Tom Cruise vehicle has grossed $12.2 million in four weeks, a welcome contribution as Oblivion nears the $200 million overseas mark. It doesn't look like Japan will be able to push the sci-fi flick over the hump, however, as the film is currently posting a $195.6 million total outside of North America.
Japan will be able to help G.I. Joe: Retaliation reach a milestone of its own, with the film currently posting a $249.6 million overseas total. G.I. Joe: Retaliation should be able to break the $250 million overseas mark within the next two weeks in Japan, where it has currently grossed a $7.9 million total after three weeks in release.
Box Office Results for Japan. Weekend of June 21-23, 2013.