Warner Bros The Last Samurai raised its running total in Japan to an estimated $29.1m(Yen 3.2bn) following an impressive $4.6m (Yen 506m) third weekend haul that sawa drop of less than 1%.

According to the distributor, the weekend result is 103% of theamount taken by both The Fellowship Of The Ring and The Two Towers in their respective comparable weekendsin March 2002 and February 2003.

Among other Warner titles, Looney Tunes: Back In Action added $3.4m with 668,296 admissions from 3,225screens in 47 territories, raising its international running total to $15.8m.

The highlights were Australia, where the family filmdropped a mere 10% in its second weekend on $483,000 from 228 screens for a$916,000 cumulative score, and Israel, where the film opened third on $71,390from 42.

The MatrixRevolutions raised itsinternational running total to $275.1m following a $1.5m weekend gross from1,684 screens in 52 territories and 241,405 admissions.