Japanese Box Office Sales Fall 18% in 2011
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The Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan revealed on Thursday that box office revenue in Japan fell 17.9 percent to 181.2 billion yen (US$2.338 billion) compared to 220.7 billion yen (US$2.849 billion) in 2010. Attendance during the year also dropped 17 percent to 144.7 million tickets sold.
Domestic films made up 54.9 percent of the revenue in 2011, taking in 99.5 billion yen (about US$1.28 billion). Studio Ghibli's Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill) was the highest-grossing domestic film for the year, earning 4.46 billion yen (about US$57.6 million). Domestic film revenue was down 15.8 percent compared to 2010.
Foreign films made up 45.1 percent of the revenue, with the two top-grossing films being Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (3D), which earned 9.67 billion yen (US$124.8 million) and 8.87 billion yen (US$114.5 million) respectively.
The number of screens in Japan dropped for the first time in 18 years from 3,412 screens to 3,339 screens, of which 40 of those screens were reportedly theaters closed or suspended due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
The total number of films released in Japan rose from 716 to 799, with 441 of those being domestic films. 32 domestic films and 22 foreign films earned more than 1 billion yen (about US$13 million), but no domestic film earned more than 5 billion yen (about US$64.5 million) for the first time since 2000.
Box Office Mojo posted its list of of the 100 top-grossing films in Japan in 2011 earlier this month. 35 anime or anime- and manga-related films made that list.