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The Wind Rises tops 2013 Japan B.O.

The Wind Rises tops 2013 Japan B.O.

By Kevin Ma

Wed, 01 January 2014, 14:00 PM (HKT)

Box Office News

Domestic films once again dominated the Japan box office in 2013, taking seven of the top ten spots on the year-end ranking.

MIYAZAKI Hayao 宮崎駿's The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ (2013) was the top grossing film with ¥11.6 billion (US$110 million). In a reversal from last year, it led the way for an exceptionally strong showing by domestic animated films, taking up five of the top ten spots.

The top foreign film of the year with ¥8.96 billion (US$85.3 million) is Disney/Pixar's Monsters University (2013), also an animated film. The top live-action film was musical Les Misérables (2012) with ¥5.93 billion (US$56.5 million).

In 2012, domestic live-action films Umizaru 4: Brave Hearts BRAVE HEARTS 海猿 (2012), Thermae Romae テルマエ・ロマエ (2012) and Bayside Shakedown 4: The Final 踊る大捜査線 THE FINAL 新たなる希望 (2012) took the top three spots of the box office ranking. The top domestic live-action film of 2013 is Midsummer's Equation 真夏の方程式 (2013) with ¥3.31 billion (US$31.5 million).

With ¥2.87 billion (US$27.3 million) as of 21 Dec, MITANI Koki 三谷幸喜's The Kiyosu Conference 清須会議 (2013) was not included in the final ranking because it is still on release in Japan.


  1. The Wind Rises (¥11.6 billion; US$110 million)
  2. Monsters University (¥8.96 billion; US$85.3 million)
  3. One Piece Film Z ワンピース フィルム ゼット (2012) (¥6.85 billion; US$65.2 million)
  4. Les Misérables (¥5.93 billion; US$56.5 million)
  5. Ted (2012) (¥4.2 billion; US$40 million)
  6. Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum - Museum Adventure 映画ドラえもん のび太のひみつ道具博物館 (2013) (¥3.98 billion; US$37.9 million)
  7. Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea 名探偵コナン 絶海の探偵 (2013) (¥3.63 billion; US$34.6 million)
  8. Midsummer's Equation (¥3.31 billion; US$31.5 million)
  9. The After-Dinner Mysteries 映画 謎解きはディナーのあとで (2013) (¥3.25 billion; US$30.9 million)
  10. Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened 劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ 神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒 (2013) (¥3.17 billion; US$30.2 million)

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