H’wood invades Japan B.O.

'Potter,' 'Samurai' help Warners top U.S. distribs

SYDNEY — Collectively the Hollywood majors are enjoying a strong year in Japan, their biggest theatrical market outside the U.S.

The studios racked up $688 million in B.O. receipts through the end of September, nearly 25% ahead of the same period last year.

Retaining the crown it’s held since 2001, Warners was the top U.S. distrib, clocking $283 million (up nearly 33%), driven by “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “The Last Samurai” and “House of Flying Daggers.”

Disney’s BVI garnered $148 million, followed by Sony’s $98 million, UIP’s $88 million and Fox/MGM’s $69 million.

Spurred by local hits including “Crying Out for Love in the Center of the World” and “Nin X Nin Ninja Hattori Kun,” Toho was the No. 1 Japanese distrib, collaring $308 million.

Shochiku harvested $173 million and Toho racked up $75 million, giving those Japanese majors a total of $556 million, 18% up from last year.

All told, the Japanese B.O. totaled $1.384 billion through the end of September, up 2.8% from last year.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety