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 Japan Box Office: Weekend Forecast (06/15-16) 
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Post Re: Japan Box Office Thread (Ponyo 125.4M, 13.61B)
Sep 13 - 14
Nationwide Box Office

This Week/Last Week/Title/Distributor/Week#

1 1 Twentieth Century Boys (JPN.) Toho 3
2 NEW Paco And The Magical Book (JPN.) Toho 1
3 2 Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (JPN.Animation) Toho 9
4 NEW Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers (JPN.) Shochiku 1
5 NEW Departures (JPN.) Shochiku 1
6 3 HANCOCK SPE 3
7 4 Detroit Metal City (JPN.) Toho 4
8 5 SEX AND THE CITY Gaga 4
9 6 NIM'S ISLAND Kadokawa 2
10 8 Goo Goo, The Cat (JPN.) Asmik Ace 2

20th C. Boys is certainly holding very well, No.1 for 3 weeks in a row now. No numbers yet, grr, but I don't see why it doesn't have a chance at a gross north of 5B JPY (50M USD).

Ponyo continues to hold super well, 6 weeks @ No.1 and has been No.2/No.3 for the past 3 weeks. Hancock made 2.2M and placed 6th, and last weekend Ponyo and Hancock both made 3.5M, so Ponyo likely had a very strong hold to keep it's position on the charts above 2 of the 3 new openers.

And The Mummy 3 must have plumeted pretty hard being out of the top 10 already. Was No.7 last weekend.

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Post Re: Japan Box Office Thread (20th C. Boys Still No.1)
Dunno how to update this week yet. Number are out, but alot changed this weekend or something. Variety Japan says Ponyo for example crossed 14B JPY (article was released MON, so it could have somehow included weekend estimates that werent released yet), but if you take the numbers from this weekend, it somehow puts it BEHIND what it was at last weekend.

14B JPY = roughly 134M USD, but the total THR has after this weekend (129M) now equals about 13.5B JPY, which is basically where it was at last weekend. And another news source said as of 9/9, 11.26M spent 13.5B (about 127M accoding to them, which seems right), but that was as of last Monday. Which meant it added about 1.5M USD (156 JPY) that day if the reported 125.5M or so was accurate. But THR reporter now has 129M as of 9/14. No way it added just 2M from TUES-SUN, because it made 2.45M USD (255M JPY) this past weekend (9-13/14).

I dunno, getting really weird.

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The 14B JPY (134M USD) (since that source is including admissions) seems most accurae by default though, because if Ponyo was at 127M last Monday, how did it somehow make a negative amount from TUES-SUN since it made 2.45M this past weekend. That'd mean a minimum of 129.4M roughly. And that's not including an unknown TUES-FRI take, yet THR says 129M. Uhh...

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Japan Two-day weekend Sept 13-14
Rank Film/Origin/Distributor/Week/2-day gross¥/2-day gross$/Screens/Screen avg $/ 2-day change/ Total gross $ to 14 Sep 2008

1(1) Twentieth Century Boys (Jap) Toho 3 346,719,961 3,283,706 310 10,593 -20 20,907,844
2(-) Paco And The Magical Picture Book (Pako to mahô no ehon) (Jap) Toho NEW 298,631,618 2,828,272 292 9,686 - 2,828,272
3(3) Ponyo on the Cliff By The Sea (Gake No Ue No Ponyo) (Jap) Toho 9 260,258,451 2,464,849 481 5,124 -31 131,665,688
4(2) Hancock (US) Sony Pictures Releasing International 3 237,691,593 2,251,123 453 4,969 -38 21,338,626
5(-) Departures (Okuribito) (Jap) Shochiku Co NEW 231,744,479 2,194,799 220 9,976 - 2,194,799
6(-) Superior Ultraman: 8 Brothers (Jap) Shochiku Co NEW 223,520,350 2,116,911 179 11,826 - 2,116,911
7(4) Detroit Metal City (Jap) Toho 4 136,389,364 1,291,713 241 5,360 -26 16,612,740
8(5) Sex And The City (US) Gaga 4 68,064,843 644,627 291 2,215 -33 11,853,521
9(6) Nim's Island (2007) (US) Kadokawa 2 47,078,756 445,872214 2,084 -45 2,384,732
10(8) Goo Goo, The Cat (Jap) Asmik Ace 2 41,552,047 393,530148 2,659 -34 1,688,149


Here, Screen Daily is sorta between the 129 and 134, so I think it's the most accurate number wise.

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Post Re: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Week 5, 90M and counting)
NUMBERZ!

First Weekend: 13.8M
Second Weekend: 7.5M [822M] (-46%); (29.3M [3.2B] total)
Third Weekend: 7.2M [790M] (-3%); (48M [5.25B] total)
Fourth Weekend; 6.85M [750M] (-5%); (65.4M [7.2B] total)
Fifth Weekend: 7.7M [844M] (+12.8%); (90M total [10B]*Holiday Week*)
Sixth Weekend: 5.24M [578M] (-32%); (104.2M total [11.5B])
Seventh Weekend: 4.74M [513M] (-11%); (117.5M total [12.7B])
Eighth Weekend: 3.53M [383M] (-26%); (125.4M total [13.61B])
Ninth Weekend: 2.65M [261M] (-31%); (131.7M total [14.2B])



First Week: 14.3M [1.56B]
Second Week: 15.01M [1.65B], +0.7M [+76.6M] (total - 29.3M [3.2B])
Third Week: 18.45M [2.05B], +3.44M [+375M] (total - 48M [5.25B])
Fourth Week: 17.6M [1.93B], -0.85M [-282M] (total - 65.5M [7.2B])
Fifth Week: 25.4M [2.77B], +7.8M [+855M] (total - 90M [10B])*Holiday Week*
Sixth Week: 14.2M [1.55B] , -11.2M (total - 104.2M [11.5B])
Seventh Week: 13.3M [1.42B], -0.9M (total - 117.5M [12.7B])
Eighth Week: 7.8M [.846B], -5.5M (total - 125.4M [13.61B])
Ninth Week: 6.3M [.657B], -1.5M (total - 131.7M [14.2B])


That now puts Ponyo roughly 24M [3B] from the Top 5. I don't know how the theatre count schedule was though. It was planned to be in theatres until the end of the year, and it hasn't lost a single theatre since it opened, so hopefully it doesn't lose any until the end of 2008. :P A few holidays are coming up soon too. One next week, and then the second week of OCT.

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Post Re: Japan Box Office Thread (Ponyo 131.7M USD/14B+ JPY)
Japan 2-Day (Sept 20-21)
Rank/Film/Origin/Distributor/Week/2-day gross¥/2-day gross$/Screens/Screen avg $/ 2-day change/ Total gross $ to 14 Sep 2008

1(-) Wanted (US) Universal Pictures International NEW 827,631,185 7,747,977 504 15,373 - 7,747,977
2(2) Paco And The Magical Picture Book (Pako to mahô no ehon) (Jap) Toho 2 236,674,424 2,215,658 292 7,588 -21 8,187,845
3(1) Twentieth Century Boys (Jap) Toho 4 231,462,082 2,166,862 310 6,990 -33 26,337,790
4(5) Departures (Okuribito) (Jap) Shochiku Co 2 188,004,052 1,760,024 219 8,037 -19 7,729,448
5(3) Ponyo on the Cliff By The Sea (Gake No Ue No Ponyo) (Jap) Toho 10 154,943,710 1,450,526 481 3,016 -40 133,939,869
6(4) Hancock (US) Sony Pictures Releasing International 4 129,660,664 1,213,835 443 2,740 -45 24,912,546
7(6) Superior Ultraman: 8 Brothers (Jap) Shochiku Co 2 120,128,975 1,124,603 179 6,283 -46 4,555,917
8(7) Detroit Metal City (Jap) Toho 5 87,333,287 817,582 241 3,392 -36 18,795,843
9(-) Samurai Gangsters (Jap) Kadokawa NEW 50,729,393 474,910 199 2,386 - 474,910
10(8) Sex And The City (US) Gaga 5 50,723,464 474,854 289 1,643 -25 13,368,015



And just the estimates is all that I've found for Sept 27-28, but it was a weak weekend. Wanted and Iron Man a toss up for No.1, both at about 2M. And average drops for about everything else. But I'll post Sept 27-28 when I can. Ponyo's est as of Sept 28 btw is 137.4M after 72 days/11 weeks, in release, and ranks No.7 in the Top 10 this week.

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Well, nevermind, they were just released.

Japan 2-Day (Sept 27-28)
Rank/Film/Origin/Distributor/Week/2-day gross¥/2-day gross$/Screens/Screen avg $/ 2-day change/ Total gross $ to 28 Sep 2008

1(1) Wanted (US) Universal Pictures International 2 213,975,999 2,002,752 506 3,958 -74 14,526,061
2(-) Iron Man (US) Sony Pictures Releasing International NEW 211,492,517 1,979,507 402 4,924 - 1,979,507
3(2) Paco And The Magical Picture Book (Pako to mahô no ehon) (Jap) Toho 3 175,119,762 1,639,069 292 5,613 -26 12,806,147
4(4) Departures (Okuribito) (Jap) Shochiku Co 3 154,885,319 1,449,681 220 6,589 -18 12,415,271
5(3) Twentieth Century Boys (Jap) Toho 5 151,797,721 1,420,782 310 4,583 -34 30,389,538
6(-) Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (Jap) Toho NEW 134,244,363 1,256,487 250 5,026 - 1,256,487
7(5) Ponyo on the Cliff By The Sea (Gake No Ue No Ponyo) (Jap) Toho 11 98,806,988 924,804 481 1,923 -36 136,506,311
8(-) Nights In Rodanthe (US) Warner Bros NEW 70,117,927 656,283 258 2,544 - 656,283
9(7) Superior Ultraman: 8 Brothers (Jap) Shochiku Co 3 64,117,336 600,119 179 3,353 -47 6,027,262
10(6) Hancock (US) Sony Pictures Releasing International 5 58,472,467 547,285 393 1,393 -55 26,909,750

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Post Re: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Week 5, 90M and counting)
First Weekend: 13.8M
Second Weekend: 7.5M [822M] (-46%); (29.3M [3.2B] total)
Third Weekend: 7.2M [790M] (-3%); (48M [5.25B] total)
Fourth Weekend; 6.85M [750M] (-5%); (65.4M [7.2B] total)
Fifth Weekend: 7.7M [844M] (+12.8%); (90M total [10B]*Holiday Week*)
Sixth Weekend: 5.24M [578M] (-32%); (104.2M total [11.5B])
Seventh Weekend: 4.74M [513M] (-11%); (117.5M total [12.7B])
Eighth Weekend: 3.53M [383M] (-26%); (125.4M total [13.61B])
Ninth Weekend: 2.65M [261M] (-31%); (131.7M total [14B])
Tenth Weekend: 1.45M [155M] (-39%); (133.9M total [14.2B)
Eleventh Weekend: .925M [.99M] (-36%); (136.5M total [14.5B])



First Week: 14.3M [1.56B]
Second Week: 15.01M [1.65B], +0.7M [+76.6M] (total - 29.3M [3.2B])
Third Week: 18.45M [2.05B], +3.44M [+375M] (total - 48M [5.25B])
Fourth Week: 17.6M [1.93B], -0.85M [-282M] (total - 65.5M [7.2B])
Fifth Week: 25.4M [2.77B], +7.8M [+855M] (total - 90M [10B])*Holiday Week*
Sixth Week: 14.2M [1.55B] , -11.2M (total - 104.2M [11.5B])
Seventh Week: 13.3M [1.42B], -0.9M (total - 117.5M [12.7B])
Eighth Week: 7.8M [.846B], -5.5M (total - 125.4M [13.61B])
Ninth Week: 6.3M [.657B], -1.5M (total - 131.7M [14B])
Tenth Week: 2.2M [.233B], -4.1M (total - 133.9M [14.2B])
Eleventh Week: 2.6M [.277B], +0.4M (total - 136.5M [14.5B])


Sept. 23 was a holiday (but I'm not going to count it like I did with Week 5 when that holiday lasted half the week, not just one day), so that helped Week 11 recover thankfully.

So, now Ponyo is about 20M [2.5B] away from entering the Top 5 All Time. And thankfully there's plenty of holidays in the next few months, pretty sure it'll get there.

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Post Re: Japan Box Office Thread (Fully Updated); Ponyo 136.5M/14.5B
Hmm, I think it'll pass $150 million, but it'll take it some time to get there.

And oh my God, Iron Man really really bombed there.

I wonder when we will next see an American $50+ million movie in Japan. The Day Earth Stood Still maybe?

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Indy did it. 54/55 or so. And AWE/HP5 both made in the 70/80 range or so.

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I know they did. I was just wondering which will be the next to do so. :)

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Nice article.

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HAYAO MIYAZAKI
Japan's greatest film director?



By MINORU MATSUTANI
Staff writer

How great is Hayao Miyazaki?

Domestically, three of his movies are among the top five money-earners: His "Spirited Away" from 2001 outstrips even "Titanic" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Globally, his movies are the darlings of international film festivals. "Spirited Away" took the Golden Bear Prize, the highest award at the Berlin International Film Festival, in 2002, making it the first and only animated film to take the top honors.

Arguably the world's most famous animated film director, he is a role model for young people. Many wannabe "anime" creators apply for jobs at Studio Ghibli, the studio and production company he cofounded in Tokyo in 1985 with Isao Takahata, a colleague from Toei Animation Co. and elsewhere. Studio Ghibli now has 140 employees.

Miyazaki's latest movie is "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea," which tells the story of the friendship between a genetically modified girl-fish and a human boy. It was shown at the Venice Film Festival that ended Sept. 6 but did not win a prize.

Miyazaki was born Jan. 5, 1941, and graduated from Gakushuin University in Tokyo with a degree in politics and economics in 1963.



What movies has Miyazaki directed?

He has directed 10 movies: "Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro" in 1979, "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind" in 1984, "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" in 1986, "My Neighbor Totoro" in 1988, "Kiki's Delivery Service" in 1989, "Crimson Pig" in 1992, "Princess Mononoke" in 1997, "Spirited Away" in 2001, "Howl's Moving Castle" in 2004 and "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea," which is now in cinemas.



What was his highest grossing movie in Japan?

With ticket sales of ¥30.4 billion, "Spirited Away" is not only Miyazaki's biggest hit, but the biggest movie ever in Japan, according to the Federation of Japanese Films Industry Inc. Coming in second and third are "Titanic" at ¥26.2 billion and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" at ¥20.2 billion. Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Princess Mononoke" hold the fourth and fifth places, earning ¥19.6 billion and ¥19.4 billion, respectively.

As of Sept. 25, "Ponyo" had taken in ¥14.3 billion.



What are the characteristics of Miyazaki's animated movies?

All of his movies feature strong and independent females in their teens or younger, often as the main character. Both children and adults find his work enjoyable. In most of his films, the main characters fly, maybe by using a broom or a flying cat bus as in "My Neighbor Totoro." In "Spirited Away," the main character, 10-year-old Chihiro, flies hand in hand with a boy who can turn into a dragon.



What do the experts say about his films?

Most praise his works. Haruhiko Kamijima, a novelist who authored a book about Miyazaki's movies, said no Japanese director — including Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu or Takeshi Kitano — has had a bigger impact on the worldwide movie industry than Miyazaki. That is partly because his movies are animated, an area in which Japanese artists shine, he said. He favors Miyazaki's recent works, and "Ponyo" is Miyazaki's best, he said.

Miyazaki is an excellent animator, Kamijima said. He is good at drawing. "Ponyo" was done without using computer graphics, which means Miyazaki and his staff drew all the pictures needed to produce the movie, Kamijima said.

"Miyazaki goes against the current trend by not using a computer," he said.

Meanwhile, Kaoru Kumi, who wrote a book critical of Miyazaki's movies, dismisses him as a mere animator and says his scripts are of low quality. Miyazaki does not begin with a script. Rather, in many cases he first comes up with a visual idea, and then thinks of a story to back up the visual, resulting in strange and arbitrarily made-up plots, Kumi said. He also complains that Studio Ghibli has not turned out a great director because Miyazaki cannot teach scriptwriting.

The judges at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2002 were deceived by the visuals of "Spirited Away," he said.

Defending Miyazaki, Kamijima said the director doesn't need to work from a script because he can create plots in his head with storyboards. He also praises Miyazaki for giving promising young animators the chance to work as paid employees at Studio Ghibli. Though many are interested in the field of animation, work is hard to come by, so Miyazaki is a valuable patron, he added.



What makes the visuals of his movies special?

He uses many different colors whereas most anime directors stick to the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow — plus a few other colors thrown in. His films use 300 to 600 different colors, according to "The Secret of Studio Ghibli" authored by Hayato Kazami and Tokyo Anime Research Association in 2002.

Miyazaki's characters exhibit a variety of expressions and gestures, even within a single scene. For example, in "Spirited Away," several customers at a public bath, some of the "8 million gods," walk slowly, while the employees, who are froglike creatures, hastily run up and down the hallways and stairs in all different directions. Producing that scene took a lot of time and effort, and most anime directors avoid such scenes, according to the book.

Miyazaki and his staff must create endless animation cells. Typically, his movies require 50,000 to 150,000 sheets, compared with about 10,000 used in a regular one-hour animated TV show, the book says.

The book also says Miyazaki's hair turns gray during the eight months it takes to make a movie, when he works from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day, and gradually turns black again after the movie is done.



How was Studio Ghibli established?

Impressed by the talents of Miyazaki and Takahata, Toshio Suzuki, the editor in chief of anime magazine Animage, arranged for the magazine's publisher, Tokuma Shoten, to set up Studio Ghibli for them in Mitaka, Tokyo, in June 1985. The two had worked together at several anime companies. Studio Ghibli set up its own studio in Koganei, Tokyo, in August 1992, and merged with Tokuma Shoten to create Tokuma Shoten Studio Ghibli Co. in June 1997.



What does Ghibli mean?

It is based on an Italian word meaning the hot wind of the Sahara Desert. It represents Miyazaki's ambition to blow a strong wind of change through the animation industry, according to "The Secret of Studio Ghibli."

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Iron man fails spectacularly.

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Japan 2-Day (Oct 4-5)
Rank/Film/Origin/Distributor/Week/2-day gross¥/2-day gross$/Screens/Screen avg $/ 2-day change/ Total gross $ to 05 Oct 2008



1(-) Suspect X (Jap) Toho NEW 544,401,517 5,228,095 410 12,751 - 5,228,095
2(-) Masked Rider: Final Countdown (Jap) Toei NEW 178,775,545 1,716,850 156 11,005 - 1,716,850
3(1) Wanted (US) Universal Pictures International 3 136,603,626 1,311,857 427 3,072 -36 18,540,910
4(3) Paco And The Magical Picture Book (Pako to mahô no ehon) (Jap) Toho 4 128,253,744 1,231,669 292 4,218 -27 16,174,526
5(2) Iron Man (US) Sony Pictures Releasing International 2 122,047,670 1,172,070 403 2,908 -42 4,980,468
6(4) Departures (Okuribito) (Jap) Shochiku Co 4 118,839,259 1,141,259 220 5,188 -23 16,454,928
7(5) Twentieth Century Boys (Jap) Toho 6 91,787,726 881,472 298 2,958 -40 33,468,681
8(6) Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (Jap) Toho 2 90,942,544 873,356 252 3,466 -32 3,642,222
9(7) Ponyo on the Cliff By The Sea (Gake No Ue No Ponyo) (Jap) Toho 12 79,413,402 762,637481 1,586 -20 141,811,698
10(9) Superior Ultraman: 8 Brothers (Jap) Shochiku Co 4 43,925,657 421,835 178 2,370 -31 6,914,665



Nice opening for Suspect X. And despite falling 75% in it's second weekend in Japan, Wanted held pretty well in it's third. 30M shouldn't be out of reach I don't think. Iron Man's run is very poor. And Ponyo finally sees a strong hold, not just a good hold this week.

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Post Re: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Week 5, 90M and counting)
First Weekend: 13.8M
Second Weekend: 7.5M [822M] (-46%); (29.3M [3.2B] total)
Third Weekend: 7.2M [790M] (-3%); (48M [5.25B] total)
Fourth Weekend; 6.85M [750M] (-5%); (65.4M [7.2B] total)
Fifth Weekend: 7.7M [844M] (+12.8%); (90M total [10B]*Holiday Week*)
Sixth Weekend: 5.24M [578M] (-32%); (104.2M total [11.5B])
Seventh Weekend: 4.74M [513M] (-11%); (117.5M total [12.7B])
Eighth Weekend: 3.53M [383M] (-26%); (125.4M total [13.61B])
Ninth Weekend: 2.65M [261M] (-31%); (131.7M total [14B])
Tenth Weekend: 1.45M [155M] (-39%); (133.9M total [14.2B)
Eleventh Weekend: .925M [.99M] (-36%); (136.5M total [14.5B])
Twelth Weekend: .763M [.80M] (-20%); (141.8M total [14.9B])


First Week: 14.3M [1.56B]
Second Week: 15.01M [1.65B], +0.7M [+76.6M] (total - 29.3M [3.2B])
Third Week: 18.45M [2.05B], +3.44M [+375M] (total - 48M [5.25B])
Fourth Week: 17.6M [1.93B], -0.85M [-282M] (total - 65.5M [7.2B])
Fifth Week: 25.4M [2.77B], +7.8M [+855M] (total - 90M [10B])*Holiday Week*
Sixth Week: 14.2M [1.55B] , -11.2M (total - 104.2M [11.5B])
Seventh Week: 13.3M [1.42B], -0.9M (total - 117.5M [12.7B])
Eighth Week: 7.8M [.846B], -5.5M (total - 125.4M [13.61B])
Ninth Week: 6.3M [.657B], -1.5M (total - 131.7M [14B])
Tenth Week: 2.2M [.233B], -4.1M (total - 133.9M [14.2B])
Eleventh Week: 2.6M [.277B], +0.4M (total - 136.5M [14.5B])
Twelth Week: 5.3M [.542B], +2.7M (total - 141.8M [14.9B])



I'm not sure why Ponyo had a strong Twelth Week all around for. No Holiday that I know of, but one is coming up next week, the second MON of Oct.. September was pretty harsh, maybe September is a dead month for the Japan Box Office or something. It's drops in Sept can't be attributed to it's theatre loss either, because, well, it hasn't lost a single screen since it opened.

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Post Re: Japan Box Office Thread (Oct 4-5th); Ponyo 141.8M/14.9B
Nice performance for Wanted, though I'm sure about 3-4 years ago it'd have done $40+ million in Japan.

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Last time I checked the yen is trading Y99 against $1. Wow! It got stronger.

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Super year for Japanese film biz
Industry earns cash at home, plaudits abroad


This year is shaping up as a super one for the Japanese film biz, at least the top end of it. Toho, long the Godzilla of local distribs, set a new company box office record for the January-to-August period with $501.1 million, 50.2% better than the same period last year.
Leading the Toho 2008 slate is the Hayao Miyazaki toon "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea," which dominated the summer and looks likely to finish with at least $150 million, making it the third-highest-grossing domestic pic ever. No Hollywood import has come close to beating it at the B.O. this year.

Adding to the Toho bottom line, with B.O. of more than $70 million to date, is "Boys Over Flowers," the screen adaptation of a high-rated TV drama series about a plucky working-class girl who finds love with a snobby-but-sincere rich guy. Overall, Toho plans to finish the year with 28 releases -- and most so far have been finishing above the ¥1 billion ($9.5 million) mark designating hit status in the Japanese market.

Meanwhile, Japanese pics are finding more favor with fest programmers and juries abroad, including Cannes (which awarded Kiyoshi Kurosawa's family drama "Tokyo Sonata" the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section), Venice (where three Japanese pics, including "Ponyo," screened in competition this year) and Montreal (where "Departures," Yojiro Takita's look at a little-explored corner of Japan's funeral industry, took the Grand Prix).

Latter pic, which was produced by Japan's TBS network, was selected as Japan's candidate for a foreign-language film Oscar and has been packing theaters since its Sept. 13 bow.


http://www.variety.com/article/VR111799 ... =3268&cs=1


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Post Re: Japan Box Office Thread (Oct 4-5th); Ponyo 141.8M/14.9B
No numbers yet, but the only opener that made the Top 10 was Get Smart which bombed with it's No.10 Debut.

So I'm expecting some really good holds :D

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Post Re: Japan Box Office Thread (Fully Updated); Ponyo 136.5M/14.5B
Japan 2-Day (Oct 11-12)
Rank/Film/Origin/Distributor/Week/2-day gross¥/2-day gross$/Screens/Screen avg $/ 2-day change/ Total gross $ to 05 Oct 2008

1(1) Suspect X (Jap) Toho 2 517,957,283 5,115,122 410 12,476 -5 15,119,139
2(3) Wanted (US) Universal Pictures International 4 106,116,488 1,047,961 386 2,715 -22 21,299,045
3(4) Paco And The Magical Picture Book (Pako to mahô no ehon) (Jap) Toho 5 103,908,672 1,026,157 292 3,514 -19 18,508,052
4(6) Departures (Okuribito) (Jap) Shochiku Co 5 103,558,047 1,022,695 220 4,649 -13 19,659,885
5(2) Masked Rider: Final Countdown (Jap) Toei 2 103,225,190 1,019,407 156 6,535 -42 3,324,891
6(5) Iron Man (US) Sony Pictures Releasing International 3 83,431,048 823,929 380 2,168 -32 6,848,109
7(7) Twentieth Century Boys (Jap) Toho 7 73,483,162 725,688 300 2,419 -20 35,562,726
8(8) Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (Jap) Toho 3 73,295,233 723,832 252 2,872 -19 5,304,469
9(9) Ponyo on the Cliff By The Sea (Gake No Ue No Ponyo) (Jap) Toho 13 67,602,473 667,613 481 1,388 -15 146,222,736
10(-) Get Smart (US) Warner Bros NEW 57,576,101 568,597 205 2,774 - 568,597


Amazing hold for Suspect X, just down 5%. And Ponyo keeps on going, could hit 150M after next weekend.

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Post Re: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Week 5, 90M and counting)
First Weekend: 13.8M
Second Weekend: 7.5M [822M] (-46%); (29.3M [3.2B] total)
Third Weekend: 7.2M [790M] (-3%); (48M [5.25B] total)
Fourth Weekend; 6.85M [750M] (-5%); (65.4M [7.2B] total)
Fifth Weekend: 7.7M [844M] (+12.8%); (90M total [10B]*Holiday Week*)
Sixth Weekend: 5.24M [578M] (-32%); (104.2M total [11.5B])
Seventh Weekend: 4.74M [513M] (-11%); (117.5M total [12.7B])
Eighth Weekend: 3.53M [383M] (-26%); (125.4M total [13.61B])
Ninth Weekend: 2.65M [261M] (-31%); (131.7M total [14B])
Tenth Weekend: 1.45M [155M] (-39%); (133.9M total [14.2B)
Eleventh Weekend: .925M [.99M] (-36%); (136.5M total [14.5B])
Twelth Weekend: .763M [.80M] (-20%); (141.8M total [14.9B])
Thirteenth Weekend: .668M [.68M] (-15%); (146.2M total [15.35B])


First Week: 14.3M [1.56B]
Second Week: 15.01M [1.65B], +0.7M [+76.6M] (total - 29.3M [3.2B])
Third Week: 18.45M [2.05B], +3.44M [+375M] (total - 48M [5.25B])
Fourth Week: 17.6M [1.93B], -0.85M [-282M] (total - 65.5M [7.2B])
Fifth Week: 25.4M [2.77B], +7.8M [+855M] (total - 90M [10B])*Holiday Week*
Sixth Week: 14.2M [1.55B] , -11.2M (total - 104.2M [11.5B])
Seventh Week: 13.3M [1.42B], -0.9M (total - 117.5M [12.7B])
Eighth Week: 7.8M [.846B], -5.5M (total - 125.4M [13.61B])
Ninth Week: 6.3M [.657B], -1.5M (total - 131.7M [14B])
Tenth Week: 2.2M [.233B], -4.1M (total - 133.9M [14.2B])
Eleventh Week: 2.6M [.277B], +0.4M (total - 136.5M [14.5B])
Twelth Week: 5.3M [.542B], +2.7M (total - 141.8M [14.9B])
Thirteenth Week: 4.4M [.448B], -0.9M (total - 146.2M [15.35B])

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Is there a Top 10 for Hollywood movies in Japan this year?

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No numbers yet, but despite 2 new openers, Eagle Eye (no.2) and PS I Love You (no.3), Ponyo managed to stay in the top 10 rising to No.8 after being No.9 for the past 2 weeks. This makes Week 14 in the top 10.

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Is there a Top 10 for Hollywood movies in Japan this year?


If I come across one I'll be sure to post it. No.1 is Indy for sure though, and No.2 might be I Am Legend, maybe.

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Much needed update:

Japan 2-Day (Nov 8-9)

1 1 Red Cliff Towa $4,112,268 -39 544 -1 $7,559 9 $18,041,719
2 new Happy Birthday in Candy Land Toei $1,622,091 -- 150 -- $10,813 2 $1,622,091
3 2 Suspect X Toho $1,597,224 -47 410 0 $3,895 37 $41,091,762
4 4 Handsome Suits Asmik Ace $1,023,255 -31 233 0 $4,391 9 $4,010,075
5 new The X-Files: I Want to Believe Fox $662,095 -- 254 -- $2,606 2 $838,952
6 6 Journey to the Center of the Earth GAGA $645,403 -40 105 +1 $6,146 16 $4,638,735
7 3 Where the Legend Lives Toei $580,818 -65 320 -6 $1,815 9 $3,604,690
8 5 Eagle Eye Kadokawa $554,374 -54 311 0 $1,782 23 $10,634,669
9 7 The Homeless Student Toho $542,097 -43 309 0 $1,754 16 $4,798,739
10 8 P.S. I Love You Movie Eye $535,279 -42 279 -1 $1,918 23 $8,389,694
Source: Nielsen EDI in association with Kogyo Tsushin


14 15 Ponyo now stands at $153.1M coming off a 213K 17th weekend.

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