Ticket sales in Japan edged up fractionally in 2013, but total box office edged down by a whisker.
The CineAsia distribution and exhibition convention wrapped on Thursday with prizes for Enlight's Wang Changtian, Toho's Kazuhiko Seta and Tony Leung.
"The Hunger Games" films may soon have a Japanese competitor as Takashi Miike gets Toho green light for "As God Says" ("Kamisama no lu Tori".)
Top Japanese film group, Toho will make a two-part sci-fi-horror pic based on the popular 1990s comic "Parasyte," having won a fierce bidding war after New Line ceded its rights.
Toho Cinemas, which operates the biggest theater chain in Japan, has ended its ticket price cuts trial.
Toho was Japan's top-earning distrib in the first half of 2010 with a box office of $289 million, according to figures compiled by the Bunka Tsushin entertainment news service.
Toho, Japan's biggest distrib and exhib, has unveiled a 30-pic line-up for 2010 that promises stiff competition for Hollywood in the already difficult Japanese market.
Distrib Toho and its partners have decided to advance screen the last pic of the smash hit "20th Century Boys" sci-fi action trilogy minus its ending.
Citing the rapid digitalization of the U.S. biz where 3-D digtal pics are becoming the norm, exhibs Toho and Kadokawa Group Holdings are partnering to convert their screens in Japan to digital…
Hiro Matsuoka has been tapped as prexy of foreign pic distrib Toho-Towa.
Domestic Film DAILY
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300: Rise of an Empire
300: Rise of an Empire1Daily:$3.0M Cumulative:$59.2M Warner Brothers -3.25%
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman2Daily:$2.4M Cumulative:$42.0M Fox / DreamWorks Animation 0.67%
Non-Stop3Daily:$1.3M Cumulative:$58.2M Universal Pictures 0.07%