Keanu's '47 Ronin' flops in Japan
crunchyroll.com -- Dec 10
This weekend, Keanu Reeves' samurai adventure film 47 Ronin opened first in Japan…but not in first place. The movie, which cost Universal around $175 million (before marketing) to make, only grossed $1.3 million at theaters, putting it in 3rd place in the overall Japanese box office ranking.

As it stands, the pic's dismal opening in Japan does not bode well for 47 Ronin's upcoming Christmas Day opening in America. Industry paper Variety hints at all but predicting a disappointing take in the US, too.

Source: crunchyroll.com
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