Anime and ‘Godzilla’ push Japanese box office up in 2023 .

Japan’s box office climbed 4% to a post-pandemic peak of $1.5 billion (221.5 billion yen) in 2023, driven again by a strong anime lineup and a steady return in cinema halls. Hollywood films retained the same market share of about 31 percent as the previous year, although the weak yen reduced dollar profits.

The fall of the Japanese currency towards the 150 mark against the greenback means that, when converted, the annual box office is down from last year’s $1.64 billion, even though revenues in yen rose by 213 billion yen. Imports (676 films) brought in a total of $452 million, compared to $995 million for 555 domestic productions.

The figures were announced Tuesday in Tokyo by the Japan Film Producers Association, known locally as Eiren.

Topping the 2023 box office rankings was The first slam dunka Toei anime based on a hit basketball manga with $107 million, followed by The Super Mario Bros. movie. ($95 million) and the latest anime from Detective Conan series ($94 million). These three titles were the only ones to surpass the local benchmark of 10 billion yen ($68 million) for domestic blockbusters in 2023, although overall revenue was just behind the all-time high of $1.77 billion. (261 billion yen) in 2019.

Hayao Miyazaki The boy and the heron was in fourth place, with $58 million. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, part one with $37 million, it is the only other Hollywood film to make the top 10.

Total admissions increased by 2% to 155.5 million, with the number of screens up slightly to 3,653.

The unexpected success of Godzilla minus one in the American market was a hot topic during the announcement, sparking multiple questions from…

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