Japanese distrib Toho sets new B.O. record

It took $902 million in 2010

Tokyo — Toho, Japan’s biggest distrib by a mile, set a record at the box office in 2010, earning $902 million and beating its $890 million record set in 2008.

Toho released the top three domestic pics: Studio Ghibli toon “The Borrowers” ($111 million), sea action pic “Umizaru 3” ($97 million) and police thriller “Bayside Shakedown 3” ($88 million).

It accounted for 11 pics in the foreign and domestic B.O. top 20, compared with one each for domestic rivals Toei and Gaga.

All in all, the company bowed 21 pics that each earned 1 billion yen ($12 million) considered the mark of a commercial hit in Japan.

Toho is hoping to better this record in 2011 with a line-up that includes two-part sci-fi thriller “Gantz,” the boxing comic adaptation “Tomorrow’s Joe,” the thriller “Kosaku Kuroda, Diplomat,” Studio Ghibli toon “Kokuriku-Zaka Kara” and the 3D live-action fantasy “Kaibutsu-kun.”

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