Reloaded breaks all-time Japanese opening record
by Jeremy Kay
The Matrix Reloaded scored an industry record opening of $18.5m in Japan over the weekend, including previews, as the Warner Bros sci-fi sequel raised its international total to an estimated $300m.
The remarkable Japanese bow (Yen 2.2bn) from 632 screens included the territory's biggest ever preview gross of $7.5m (Yen 892m) from advanced screenings on May 24 and 31.
In fact May 31 yielded the biggest single-day preview gross of $4m (Yen 465m), beating Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by 3.5%.
Compared to opening weekends without previews it was the third biggest bow ever behind Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.
According to Warner Bros the total opening gross was 259.3% bigger than The Matrix, 107.2% bigger than Chamber Of Secrets (81% of Chamber's total without previews), 137.1% bigger than Star Wars Episode II and 183.5% bigger than Spider-Man.
The opening was also 136.4% bigger than Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning animated feature and the biggest grossing film of all time in Japan on $226m.
Warner Bros' film grossed $42m in all its territories over the weekend and has amassed almost $550m worldwide in four weeks.