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2008's Top Domestic Movies at Japanese Box Office (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Ponyo, Hana Yori Dango Final topped all films, including Indy, Red Cliff

Not only were Hayao Miyazaki's animated Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea film and Yasuharu Ishii's live-action Hana Yori Dango Final film the highest grossing Japanese films in 2008, but they earned more at the Japanese box office than any foreign film last year. Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull finished with 5.71 billion yen (about US$61.5 million) below these two, as did John Woo's Red Cliff Part I with 4.8 to 5 billion yen (US$52-54 million).

Rank Title Distributor Sponsoring TV Station Box Office Box Office Image
1 Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea TOHO NTV Y15.4 billion US$165 million
2 Hana Yori Dango Final TOHO TBS Y7.75 billion US$83.5 million
3 Yōgisha X no Kenshin TOHO Fuji TV Y5.0 billion US$54 million
4 Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Shaymin TOHO TV Tokyo Y4.8 billion US$52 million
5 Aibō Gekijō-ban Zettai Zetsumei! 42.195 km Tokyo Big City Marathon Toei TV Asahi Y4.44 billion US$47.8 million
6 The Magic Hour TOHO Fuji TV Y3.92 billion US$42.2 million
7 20th Century Boys TOHO NTV Y3.9 billion US$42 million
8 Doraemon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojin Den TOHO TV Asahi Y3.37 billion US$36.3 million
9 A Tale of Mari and the Three Puppies TOHO NTV Y3.18 billion US$34.3 million
10 Okuribito Shochiku TBS Y3.0 billion US$32.3 million

Source: Eiga.com via Nikkan Cyzo

Update: Corrected decimal point on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull's box office. Thanks, minakichan.

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Box Office, January 3-4 (2009-01-11 15:41)
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