Thermae Romae, K-ON Rank in Japan's Top Films of 2012 So Far (Updated)
posted on by Ko Ransom
The Japanese movie news site Cinema Today reported on the top ten domestically-produced Japanese films at the Japanese domestic box office on Tuesday. The highest-grossing film on the list was the film adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga, which had grossed 5.82 billion yen (about US$75 million) as of July 16, widely exceeding its distributor TOHO's initial expectations of 3 billion yen (about US$38 million).
Second on the list was this year's animated Doraemon film, Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~, which grossed 3.62 billion yen (about US$46 million), and fourth was the Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker film, coming in at 3.27 billion yen (about US$42 million).
In fifth place was the live-action Kaibutsu-kun film with 3.13 billion yen (about US$40 million), which was followed by the first of the two live-action film adaptations of Yuuki Obata's Bokura ga Ita, at 2.52 billion yen (about US$32 million).
The Liar Game: Reborn film, inspired by Shinobu Kaitani's Liar Game psychological thriller manga, placed in eighth with 2.1 billion yen (about US$27 million), while the animated film adaptation of kakifly's K-ON! manga placed ninth with 1.9 billion yen (about US$24 million). Finally, in tenth place was the live-action film adaptation of Satoru Hiura's Hotaru no Hikari - It's Only Little Light in My Life, which grossed 1.76 billion yen (about US$23 million).
Other than the K-ON! film, which was distributed by Shochiku, TOHO acted as the distributor for all nine other films on the top ten list.
Source: Cinema Today
Update: References to TOHO corrected. Thanks, molibdaenum.
Update 2: Always: Sunset on Third Street '64, the third live-action film based on Ryohei Saigan's nostalgic San-chōme no Yūhi - Yūyake no Uta manga directed by Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Returner, Ballad), ranked third on the list, taking in 3.44 billion yen (about US$44 million) since it opened on January 21.
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