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posted on 2005-01-06 13:33 EST
Howl Draws 10 Million Viewers

TOHO announced on January 4th that in the first 44 days of its Japanese wide theatrical release (November 20th to January 2nd, inclusive), How's Moving Castle drew 10 million viewers.

Variety magazine reported that Howl's Moving Castle earned over $100 million (10.4 billion Japanese Yen) before the new year. This made Howl's Moving Castle the only Japanese movie to cross the US$100 million mark in 2004. Similarly, Spirited Away was the only movie to cross that mark in 2001.

However, Spirited Away earned its US$100 million (13 billion yen at the time) in less than 33 days. TOHO recently revised its statements regarding the success of Howl's Moving Castle, saying that they did not expect that it would break Spirited Away's overall box office record (although Howl did break Spirited Away's opening 2-day record by almost 40 percent).

The top movies in Japan this past weekend were:
This Week Last Week Title Country Week#
1 1 Howl's Moving Castle Japan
7
2 3 The Incredibles USA 5
3 N/A Kung Fu Hustle China 1
4 2 The Terminal USA 3
5 5 Alien Vs. Predator USA 3
6 4 Windstruck Korea 4
7 9 Godzilla Final Wars Japan 5
8 6 Inuyasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island Japan 2
9 7 Man On Fire USA 3
10 8 Ima Aini Yukimasu Japan 10

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