You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

WB leading foreign film distrib in Japan

Warner Bros. topped the 1992 list of foreign film distribs here for the second year in a row.

WB was powered by hits such as “JFK” ($ 12.8 million), “Lethal Weapon 3” ($ 8 million) and Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 12 million).

WB notched up total rentals (the share of grosses the distributor takes home) of $ 59.8 million for 1992, according to figures from various distributors.

But in the same period, total box office gross declined from $ 1.3 billion ( 163 billion yen) to $ 1.2 billion.

Japanese film rentals, in contrast to foreign rentals, increased from $ 223 million to $ 225 million. Foreign films dropped from $ 298 million to $ 274 million.

Foreign pic rentals are generally 55% of Japan’s totalrentals.

The number of movie theaters again fell last year to 1,744 (from 1,804 in ’91 ). Cinema attendance continued to fall, down another 9% (from 1991) to 125.6 million.

Nippon Herald ($ 47.8 million) was the second-largest foreign film distributor, followed by UIP ($ 44.9 million), Columbia/TriStar ($ 41.7 million) , Fox ($ 29 million), Toho-Towa ($ 21.6 million) and Shochiku-Fuji ($ 6.6 million)

Although total foreign sales fell 11.5% from ’91, and Warners’ own rentals were down 15% (from $ 71 million in ’91), the market has seen a remarkable rebound in the past three months, with B.O. receipts at Tokyo’s 63 theaters up 35% since Dec. 1. A WB exec attributes that to “The Bodyguard” and “Home Alone 2 : Lost in New York.”

The top foreign films of 1992 were Col TriStar’s “Hook” (rentals of $ 18.6 million), Fox’s “Alien3” ($ 15.6 million), Nippon Herald’s “Basic Instinct” ($ 15.2 million), WB’s “JFK” ($ 13.6 million) and “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 12.8 million), UIP’s “Patriot Games” ($ 9.6 million) and Fox’s “Hot Shots” ($ 8 million).

More Film

  • Anything

    Film Review: 'Anything'

    Warner Bros. topped the 1992 list of foreign film distribs here for the second year in a row. WB was powered by hits such as “JFK” ($ 12.8 million), “Lethal Weapon 3” ($ 8 million) and Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 12 million). WB notched up total rentals (the share of grosses the […]

  • Stephen King The Tommyknockers

    Universal Wins Rights for Stephen King's 'Tommyknockers' Movie

    Warner Bros. topped the 1992 list of foreign film distribs here for the second year in a row. WB was powered by hits such as “JFK” ($ 12.8 million), “Lethal Weapon 3” ($ 8 million) and Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 12 million). WB notched up total rentals (the share of grosses the […]

  • WGA Writers Contract Talks

    Writers Guild Seeks to Reshape Talent Agency Business in Proposed Deal

    Warner Bros. topped the 1992 list of foreign film distribs here for the second year in a row. WB was powered by hits such as “JFK” ($ 12.8 million), “Lethal Weapon 3” ($ 8 million) and Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 12 million). WB notched up total rentals (the share of grosses the […]

  • UTA

    UTA Promotes Eight Coordinators to Agent

    Warner Bros. topped the 1992 list of foreign film distribs here for the second year in a row. WB was powered by hits such as “JFK” ($ 12.8 million), “Lethal Weapon 3” ($ 8 million) and Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 12 million). WB notched up total rentals (the share of grosses the […]

  • Ballers Season 2 HBO

    Film News Roundup: California Production Tax Credit Extension Moving Forward

    Warner Bros. topped the 1992 list of foreign film distribs here for the second year in a row. WB was powered by hits such as “JFK” ($ 12.8 million), “Lethal Weapon 3” ($ 8 million) and Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 12 million). WB notched up total rentals (the share of grosses the […]

  • Brandon Gregory

    Brandon Gregory Joins Third Coast Content

    Warner Bros. topped the 1992 list of foreign film distribs here for the second year in a row. WB was powered by hits such as “JFK” ($ 12.8 million), “Lethal Weapon 3” ($ 8 million) and Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($ 12 million). WB notched up total rentals (the share of grosses the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content