'Avatar,' 'Alice' help tally reach $2.65 bil in 2010

TOKYO — Japan’s box office has hit a record 220 billion yen ($2.65 billion), topping the $2.54 billion notched up in 2004, according to figures from distrib Toho.

Toho attributed the new high to premium ticket prices auds paid for Hollywood 3D pics, led by “Avatar,” which earned $172 million, “Alice in Wonderland” ($137 million) and “Toy Story 3” ($134 million).

Toho’s B.O. leader for 2010 was Studio Ghibli toon “The Borrowers,” with $112 million, followed by 3D sea epic “Umizaru 3” with $96 million. Toho had earned $827.5 million at the B.O. by the end of November, 12% up on last year.

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