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By Kevin Ma

Wed, 29 January 2014, 18:45 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

The Motion Pictures Producers Association of Japan Inc (MPPAJ) 社団法人日本映画製作者連盟 has released its 2013 figures. Overall box office revenue and the number of cinema screens remained stagnant in 2013, despite the large increase in the number of films released.

Even though total admissions is up by 0.5%, total box office revenue saw a year-on-year decrease of 0.5% to ¥194 billion (US$1.88 billion). This puts Japan even further behind China's film market, which recorded a total box office revenue of US$3.57 billion in 2013.

Domestic films took the majority of market share for the sixth consecutive year with ¥117 billion (US$1.14 billion), or 60.6%. However, revenue for domestic films saw a year-on-year decrease of 8.2%, while foreign films saw a year-on-year increase of 14.2% to ¥76 billion (US$741 million).

A total of 1,117 films – 591 domestic films and 526 foreign films – were released theatrically, a year-on-year increase of 13.6% from 983 films in 2012. Only 55 of those films – 34 local films and 21 foreign films – grossed more than ¥1 billion yen (US$9.68 million) at the box office.

The top domestic film was MIYAZAKI Hayao 宮崎駿's The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ (2013) (¥12 billion, US$116 million), and the top foreign film Monsters University (2013) (¥8.9 billion, US$86.7 million).

However, the number of cinema screens remained roughly the same at 3,318, a year-on-year increase of 0.85% from 3,290 screens in 2012. Average ticket price also remained roughly the same at ¥1,246 (US$12.06), a year-on-year decrease of only 1%.

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