Japan Box Office Drops Slightly in 2013

'Kaze Tachinu'

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
In Competition

Kaze Tachinu is an animated feature about Jiro, who dreams of flying and designing airplanes, but is unable to fly due to being nearsighted at a young age. Instead, he joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927.

Revenue fell but attendance grew slightly as Hollywood managed to increase its market share, and the number of movies released for the first time exceeded the 1,000 mark.

TOKYO – Box-office revenue in Japan dropped 0.5 percent to $1.88 billion (?194 billion) in 2013, according to latest data. 

Attendance rose 0.5 percent to 156 million, though.

Hollywood films increased their market share in Japan to 39 percent of the box office, up from a decades-low 34 percent in 2012, according to statistics from the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (MPPAJ).

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The 2013 figures were the first in the country to include revenue from screenings of concerts, operas and other alternative content, known in Japan as ODS (other digital stuff). Such content contributed $74.1 million (?7.64 billion).  

Overall, 1,117 movies were released in 2013, marking the first time the 1,000 mark was passed. The releases included 591 Japanese movies and 526 imported titles.

The number of Japanese screens increased from 3,290 to 3,318, after falling slightly in 2011 and 2012.

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