Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' - an animated film - was the top earning film in Japan in 2013.
That's why I love Japan. An animated movie was number one.
Who is Miyakzaki? Read THIS!
Where else but Japan could an animated flick beat all comers? Yes, there have been a few decent US flicks with animation: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Heavy Metal (the first one… no scratch that… the movie sucked, but the soundtrack still kicks ass!), Pete's Dragon… Mary Poppins… but certainly nothing in the past 25 years… Roger Rabbit was from 1988… 26 years ago… and wasn't 100% animated, anyway.
I suppose there have been some pretty good animated films recently: Toy Story, Ice Age, Kung-Fu Panda, to name a few - and I am looking forward to the upcoming The LEGO Movie... but generally speaking, despite great storylines and animation, western audiences turn their collective nose up at such fare - and there's no way they would be the big money earner here.
I've heard that The Wind Rises is excellent. I must admit that I haven't seen The Wind Rises, but unlike eating popcorn, it seems like a movie you should watch with someone else… and my son doesn't seem to care about movies like that.
Little bugger doesn't even like Dragons of Berk or Kung-Fu Panda the television shows - and certainly Panda is one of the funniest television programs out there. Period… so there's no accounting for taste.
Anyhow… back to Japan.
Japanese films also compete against US films… and still The Wind Rises took in ¥12.02 billion (US $118.3 million), according to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan.
In total, movie-goers in Japan shelled out ¥194.2 billion in (US $1.9 billion) 2013… and Japanese films took in 60.6% of that.
This was the sixth consecutive year that Japanese films outpaced foreign films.
Here's a list of the Top 15 movies - by ticket sales - in Japan for 2013. Check out how many of them are animated films!
The US$ figures are per year end…
Movie Studio 2013 Movie Ticket Sales
1. Kaze tachinu (The Wind Rises) Toho $119,513,192
2. Monsters University Disney $90,141,508
3. Eien no zero Toho $57,159,035
4. Ted Toho-Towa $43,994,113
5. Doraemon Himitsu No Dogu Museum Toho $39,965,030
6. Lupin III vs. Conan Toho $39,303,646
7. Meitantei Conan Private Eye 2013 Toho $36,054,366
8. Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato (The After-Dinner Mysteries)
9. Midsummer Formula Toho $31,813,084
10. Soshite chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son)
11. Gekijouban Pokketo monsutâ Besuto wisshu 2013 (Pokemon: Best Wishes 2013)
12. Dragon Ball Z Toei $29,947,013
13. Wreck-It Ralph Disney $29,646,724
14. Kiyosu kaigi Toho $28,284,250
15. Gravity WB $27,104,693
Live action flicks are:
Eien no zero #3
Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato #8
Midsummer Formula #9
Soshite chichi ni naru #10
Kiyosu kaigi #14
Gravity at #15? Not another animated flick? Hey… I admit that I would want to see if Sandra Bullock's boobs would float. Ever since Miss Congeniality…
That means that eight of the Top 15 movies in Japan were of the animated variety… and Ted… that's about a talking teddy bear…so nine?
So… what's with all of the animated flicks? Do Japanese children have that much sway over what the family will watch - or… and thus is MY guess, are animated movies not just for children anymore?
And… FYI… I have only seen Wreck-It Ralph… though I really wouldn't mind seeing Sandra Bullock's boobs.
PS: Can you tell that I have a thing for Sandra Bullock? Still not as much as for Lucy Lui, though. Or that redhead on the Wendy's commercials. Or...