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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Weekend Actuals; Charts Updated! (02/2
Besides Tokyo Disney Resort, Universal Studios Japan is another major tourist destination in Japan attracting almost 15 million guests per year. I imagine there will be pressure on them to close as well in the face of this decision.


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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Weekend Actuals; Charts Updated! (02/2
Has it happened before in Japan that all schools were closed at the same time nationwide in at least 2 weeks?


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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Weekend Actuals; Charts Updated! (02/2
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Has it happened before in Japan that all schools were closed at the same time nationwide in at least 2 weeks?


Not to my knowledge. The most recent example of large-scale school closings was following the Great Tohoku Earthquake (the fourth biggest earthquake in record history) in 2011 for a few days/a week. The box-office greatly suffered for a couple of weeks following it as well, due to around a third of theaters closing.

But closing all public schools for a few weeks is a great decision, even if it's at the inconvenience of a lot of parents due to the sudden announcement. It's critical to keep the virus from spreading over the next two or three weeks, so it's a reasonable and smart decision.

And I don't want to speak too soon, but things are looking good as only 9 cases were reported on Saturday, the lowest number in two weeks and the second straight day to hopefully begin a downward trend. And in Hokkaido, where the virus saw a spike last week to become the most infected region, only reported 4 cases as well, continuing its downward trend.

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All theaters remained open over the weekend. Saturday's admissions were solid, maybe being around 10-15% lower than expected, but Sunday is also the 1st of the month (national discount day), so the day before tends to be deflated as people wait to for the cheaper ticket prices. If Sunday delivers like usual, especially since it's the 1st, then the virus still won't be having much of an impact on the box-office at this time.

Doraemon being delayed will obviously make March much weaker than it usually is, but again, it was a good decision to move it given it's the first event film of the year. It's just going to provide a big boost to the month it's moved to now.

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Afternoon Sunday Update:

Admissions are much stronger than yesterday--understandably since it's the first of the month and Sunday is typically bigger than Saturday anyway--so that's a positive sign for things moving forward. However, given that it is the first of the month (national discount day), the admissions, while fine, are a little lower than expected nearing the mid-day point. So that's an indication that the virus is probably stunting the box-office by that 10-15% margin that I've estimated. If the impact remains in that estimated range for the next couple weeks, the overall impact of the virus will be quite minimal on the box-office, especially since Doraemon was moved (it would have likely been hit hard since its audience is almost exclusively very young children and families).

And here's an important observation: Morning and afternoon ticket sales in general seem to be lagging behind their regular levels for the past several days, which may also be linked to the virus' effect, since the more susceptible demographics (children and seniors) attend morning and afternoon showings. The less susceptible demographics (teens and adults) favor evening and night showings, and for the most part, those dayparts have been relatively normal.

It'll be interesting to track the weekdays for the next few weeks, too, with all public schools being closed. Weekdays strongly favor adult-driven films, but with an unknown number of adults (parents) having to stay home to watch their children (or perhaps babysit others'), those films could see a negative impact. But on the opposite side of things, I could see the more younger-skewing films thriving since their target audience is out of school. It's going to be a wait-and-see situation.

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Hi Corpse, what are you expecting for the next Disney/Pixar Onward ?


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Not too much, honestly. By that I mean no more than the standard ¥4 billion result for an original Pixar film, but I wouldn't be surprised if it misses that mark. Oddly, it still doesn't have a release date. I would presume mid-July, but Soul is scheduled for "Summer 2020", so I don't know where Disney will put Onward unless they wait until November/December. Both could survive in Summer together (one in July, the other in August), but I don't find that likely.

EDIT: Turns out Onward WAS releasing in March, but it was announced with Mulan just today as being delayed. Mulan got a new release date (May 22nd), but Onward is TBD.

I'll have the Weekend Actuals up a little later tonight. Busy day.

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As I'm doing the Weekend Actuals, I just read that Disney has moved Mulan from April 14th to May 22nd in Japan. April 14th was a very good date (Golden Week in its third week) and is far enough out into Spring in my opinion, so unsure of that move since May 22nd is a bad spot being eight weeks away from any major holiday frame.

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Weekend Actuals (02/29-03/01)
01 (01) ¥166,128,700 ($1.5 million), -43%, ¥3,760,850,610 ($34.3 million), Parasite (Bitter's End) WK8
02 (---) ¥115,737,700 ($1.0 million), 0, ¥115,737,700 ($1.0 million), Shirobako (Showgate) NEW
03 (02) ¥111,629,700 ($1.8 million), -43%, ¥632,233,200 ($5.8 million), Stolen Identity 2 (Toho) WK2
04 (03) ¥x64,271,500 ($597,000), -39%, ¥1,004,635,600 ($9.2 million), Howling Village (Toei) WK4
05 (---) ¥x60,000,000 ($557,000), 0, ¥x76,967,140 ($0.7 million), The Call of the Wild (Disney) NEW
06 (07) ¥x57,534,400 ($534,000), -10%, ¥244,797,700 ($2.3 million), Midsommar (Phantom Film) WK2
07 (05) ¥x48,682,750 ($452,000), -52%, ¥1,123,119,600 ($10.2 million), Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Toho) WK4
08 (04) ¥x46,318,200 ($430,000), -54%, ¥688,697,000 ($6.4 million), 1917 (Toho-Towa) WK3
09 (NA) ¥x38,529,300 ($358,000), NA%, ¥530,122,550 ($4.9 million), Made in the Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (Kadokawa.) WK7
10 (06) ¥x32,197,700 ($299,000), -55%, ¥196,270,300 ($1.8 million), Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna (Toei) WK2


Not a good weekend. The last weekend of February is generally weak though, so no surprise, but the numbers for the holdovers are certainly lower than expected, again, probably by 10-15% due to the Coronavirus.

>Parasite repeats atop the box-office in its eighth-weekend of release, and for a third consecutive weekend, selling a further 128,000 admission; its cumulative admissions have reached 2.72 million. A total around ¥4.5 billion ($41/42 million) seems likely now.

>Shirobako performed decently, selling 84,000 admissions over the weekend on just 158 screens. Not great, but decent enough.

>The Call of the Wild bombed. It's one of those films that doesn't really have a target audience, so no surprise it failed to succeed. And while its opening was deflated a bit due to the virus concerns, you'd have to double (or triple, honestly) its debut to be considered a success, and no way did it the virus affect it that much.

So the virus is noticeably beginning to impact the box-office now, and it'll probably be that way until late March or into April, especially since some of the event films (Doraemon, Mulan) have been delayed.

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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Top Opening Weekends: 2020
Top Opening Weekends: 2020
Gross ¥ ($) / Admissions [Screen Count] - Film (Distributor)

¥1.037 billion ($9.5 million) / 671,000 [962] - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
¥1 billion ↨
¥500 million ↨
¥362.4 million ($3.3 million) / 248,000 [333] - Kaiji: Final Game (Toho)
¥300 million ↨
¥283.0 million ($2.6 million) / 224,000 [313] - My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Toho)
¥262.1 million ($2.4 million) / 190,910 [778] - Cats (Toho-Towa)
¥248.6 million ($2.3 million) / 195,939 [328] - Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generation (Toei)
¥244.8 million ($2.2 million) / 177,000 [389] - Lupin III: The First (Toho)
¥229.4 million ($2.1 million) / 169,000 [304] - Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Toho)
¥202.5 million ($1.9 million) / 165,000 [346] - AI Amok (Warner Bros.)

¥200 million ↨
¥197.0 million ($1.8 million) / 143,000 [323] - Stolen Identity 2 (Toho)
¥193.5 million ($1.8 million) / 132,000 [500] - Ford v. Ferrari (Fox)
¥187.4 million ($1.7 million) / 130,000 [655] - Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
¥181.2 million ($1.7 million) / 124,000 [353] - 1917 (Toho-Towa)
¥164.6 million ($1.5 million) / 125,000 [311] - Murder at Shijinso (Toho)
¥155.2 million ($1.4 million) / 116,000 [211] - Howling Village (Toei)
¥144.7 million ($1.3 million) / 121,000 [255] - Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight (Shochiku)
¥140.1 million ($1.3 million) / 101,000 [131] - Parasite (Bitter's End)
¥136.2 million ($1.2 million) / 101,000 [261] - Last Letter (Toho)
¥132.4 million ($1.2 million) / 117,747 [347] - Yo-Kai Watch: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero? (Toho)
¥125.0 million ($1.2 million) / 100,000 [353] - Welcome Back, Tora-San! (Shochiku)
¥115.7 million ($1.0 million) / x84,000 [158] - Shirobako (Kadokawa)
¥104.1 million ($0.9 million) / x82,000 [327] - The Memory Eraser (Shochiku)
¥100.0 million ($0.9 million) / x85,000 [244] - Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger (Toei)

¥100 million ↑

Legend:
¥1 billion+ (Exemplary) / ¥500 million+ (Great) / ¥300 million+ (Good) / ¥200 million+ (Acceptable) / ¥100 million+ (Mediocre)

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Top Grossing Films: 2020
Gross ¥ ($) / Admissions [Days In Release] - Film (Distributor)

¥10 billion ↨
¥7.24 billion ($66.2 million) / 4.83 million [73] - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
¥5 billion ↨
¥3.76 billion ($34.3 million) / 2.72 million [52] - Parasite (Bitter's End)
¥3 billion ↨
¥2.01 billion ($18.3 million) / 1.45 million [52] - Kaiji: Final Game (Toho)
¥2 billion ↨
¥1.73 billion ($15.7 million) / 1.31 million [E] - My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Toho)
¥1.35 billion ($12.4 million) / 1.11 million [E] - Welcome Back, Tora-san! (Shochiku)
¥1.32 billion ($12.0 million) / 1.01 million [38] - Cats (Toho-Towa)
¥1.12 billion ($10.3 million) / 0.85 million [E] - Lupin III: The First (Toho)
¥1.12 billion ($10.2 million) / 0.86 million [24] - Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Toho)
¥1.10 billion ($10.1 million) / 0.89 million [E] - Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight (Shochiku)
¥1.06 billion ($9.7 million) / 0.81 million [E] - Murder at Shijinso (Toho)
¥1.01 billion ($9.2 million) / 0.79 million [24] - The Howling Village (Toei)

¥1 billion ↑

Legend:
¥10 billion+ (Uber-Blockbuster) / ¥5 billion+ (Blockbuster) / ¥3 billion+ (Hit) / ¥2 billion+ (Respectable) / ¥1 billion+ (Commercial Success)

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Post Re: Japan Box Office: WKND Act.; Doraemon, Onward, Mulan Del
Do you think there will be any kind of restrictions in place during Golden Week if the coronavirus situation doesn't improve soon?


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Post Re: Japan Box Office: WKND Act.; Doraemon, Onward, Mulan Del
Since the posts have been scattered a bit, here is the list of the upcoming event films that have been delayed:

Doraemon: Original Date - March 6th --> New Date - TBD
Onward: Original Date - March 13th --> New Date - TBD
Mulan: Original Date - April 12th --> New Date - May 22nd

Doraemon and Onward, since they skew toward children and families, will probably be released in July or August.

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Do you think there will be any kind of restrictions in place during Golden Week if the coronavirus situation doesn't improve soon?


We'll probably know more later this week. Abe is putting together legal preparations now ahead of any state of emergency measures that may need announced. Closing all public schools with just a few days notice didn't go over very well with some (even though it was a smart call), so any other major announcements will have a timetable and such moving forward.

And while no theaters have closed, some are putting up notices not allowing children to attend for the time being.

The Japanese have done a good job keeping the virus from spreading, with reported cases ranging between 10-15 on average since mid-February and "only" sixth deaths. A lot of European countries look to overtake Japan in number of cases and deaths soon, including France, Germany, and Spain. And I wouldn't be surprised to see the US begin to spike here soon.

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Quick Box-Office & Coronavirus Update:

The box-office has remained relatively normal, and no theaters have closed. At this point, I wouldn't bet on any of them closing unless there's a sudden spike in cases. The weekday drops have been solid this week, but you can see which films are being affected and which aren't. Adult-driven films are performing at regular levels, only dropping 20-30% week-to-week, while younger skewing films targeting children and families are performing with at 40-50% off or more. Some theaters are restricting admission to children for a couple weeks, so there is that, too.

The spread of the virus is remaining low and is pretty contained, continuing to add 10-20 cases on average each day, for a total of 331 confirmed cases (and 6 deaths). The three largest regions in Japan (Tokyo, Chubu and Kansai), having 87 million people in incredibly dense areas, only have 174 total cases combined, barely half of the overall total.

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43rd Japan Academy Prize Winners

Picture of the Year
*Kingdom
*The Journalist
*Fly Me to the Saitama
*Family of Strangers
*Listen to the Universe

Animation of the Year
*Her Blue Sky
*Weathering With You
*Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire
*Lupin III: The First
*One Piece: Stampede

Director of the Year
*Shinsuke Sato – Kingdom
*Masayuki Suo – Talking the Pictures
*Hideki Takeuchi – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Hideyuki Hirayama – Family of Strangers
*Michihito Fujii – The Journalist

Screenplay of the Year
*Shōzō Katashima – Talking the Pictures
*Roba Shimori, Akihiko Takaishi and Michihito Fujii – The Journalist
*Yūichi Tokunaga – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Hideyuki Hirayama – Family of Strangers
*Kōki Mitani – Hit Me Anyone One More Time

Actor in a Leading Role
*Shōfukutei Tsurube II – Family of Strangers
*Masaki Suda – The Great War of Archimedes
*Kiichi Nakai – Hit Me Anyone One More Time
*Tori Matsuzaka – The Journalist
*Gackt – Fly Me to the Saitama

Actress in a Leading Role
*Shim Eun-kyung – The Journalist
*Fumi Nikaidō – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Mayu Matsuoka – Listen to the Universe
*Rie Miyazawa – No Longer Human
*Sayuri Yoshinaga – The Bucket List

Actor in a Supporting Role
*Gō Ayano – Family of Strangers
*Yūsuke Iseya – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Tasuku Emoto – The Great War of Archimedes
*Takashi Okamura – The 47 Ronin in Debt
*Kuranosuke Sasaki – Aircraft Carrier Ibuki
*Ryo Yoshizawa – Kingdom

Actress in a Supporting Role
*Yūki Amami – The Bucket List
*Nana Komatsu – Family of Strangers
*Mitsuki Takahata – A Banana? At This Time of Night?
*Masami Nagasawa – Kingdom
*Fumi Nikaidō – No Longer Human

Achievement in Music
*Yoshikazu Suo – Talking the Pictures
*Dai Fujikura and Daisuke Shinoda – Listen to the Universe
*Yutaka Yamada – Kingdom
*Face 2 fAKE – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Radwimps – Weathering With You

Achievement in Cinematography
*Tarō Kawazu – Kingdom
*Kōzō Shibazaki – Family of Strangers
*Sōhei Tanikawa – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Piotr Niemyjski – Listen to the Universe
*Jun'ichi Fujisawa – Talking the Pictures

Achievement in Lighting Direction
*Uncredited - Kingdom
*Nariyuki Ueda – Family of Strangers
*Shunri Rinoie – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Kenjirō Sō – Listen to the Universe
*Tatsuya Osada – Talking the Pictures

Achievement in Art Direction
*Yōji Abeki – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Norihiro Isoda – Talking the Pictures
*Iwao Saitō – Kingdom
*Anri Jōjō – The Great War of Archimedes
*Katsumi Nakazawa – Family of Strangers

Achievement in Sound Recording
*Kazuhiro Katō – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Yoshifumi Kureishi – Listen to the Universe
*Michihiro Kōri – Talking the Pictures
*Masato Komatsu – Family of Strangers
*Kazushiko Yokono – Kingdom

Achievement in Film Editing
*Tsuyoshi Imai – Kingdom
*Shinji Kawamura – Fly Me to the Saitama
*Chieko Suzaki – Family of Strangers
*Tatsuma Furukawa – The Journalist
*Ryūji Miyajima – The Great War of Archimedes

Foreign Language Picture of the Year
*Yesterday
*Green Book
*Joker
*The Mule
*Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

A bit of a surprise for The Journalist to win Best Picture when Fly Me to the Saitama won Best Director, Screenplay, and Editing. But then again, the Academy has spread out the wins and it's more difficult for any single film to sweep in recent years.

Nice to see Makoto Shinkai win with Weathering With You.

And also nice surprise to see Joker beat Green Book (critical acclaim) and The Mule (Eastwood's influence), the two films I considered the favorites.

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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Japan Academy Best Picture Winners
Japan Academy Prize Best Picture Winners:

Best Picture Winners:
2019 - The Journalist (Michihito Fujii)
2018 - Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
2017 - The Third Murderer (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
2016 - Shin Godzilla (Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi)
2015 - Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
2014 - The Eternal Zero (Takashi Yamazaki)
2013 - The Great Passage (Yuya Ishii)
2012 - The Eighth Day Cicada (Izuru Narushima)
2011 - Confessions (Tetsuya Nakashima)
2010 - The Unbroken (Setsurō Wakamatsu)
2009 - Departures (Tojiro Takita)
2008 - Tokyo Tower: Me and Mom, and Sometimes Dad (Yoji Matsuka)
2007 - Hula Girls (Lee Sang-il)
2006 - Always: Sunset on Third Street (Takashi Yamazaki)
2005 - Half a Confession (Kiyoshi Sasabe)
2004 - When the Last Sword is Drawn (Yojiro Takita)
2003 - The Twilight Samurai (Yoji Yamada)
2002 - Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
2001 - After the Rain (Takashi Koizuma)
2000 - Poppoya (Yasuo Furuhata)
1999 - Begging for Love (Hideyuki Hirayama)
1998 - Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki)
1997 - Shall We Dance (Masayuki Suo)
1996 - A Last Note (Kaneto Shindo)
1995 - Crest of Betrayal (Kinji Fukasaku)
1994 - A Class to Remember (Yoji Yamada)
1993 - Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (Masayuki Suo)
1992 - My Sons (Yoji Yamada)
1991 - Childhood Days (Masahiro Shinoda)
1990 - Black Rain (Shohei Imamura)
1989 - The Silk Road (Junya Sato)
1988 - A Taxing Woman (Juzo Itami)
1987 - House on Fire (Kinji Fukasaku)
1986 - Gray Sunset (Shunya Itō)
1985 - The Funeral (Juzo Itami)
1984 - The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura)
1983 - Fall Guy (Kinji Fukasaku)
1982 - Station (Yasuo Furuhata)
1981 - Zigeunerweisen (Seijun Suzuki)
1980 - Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura)
1979 - The Incident (Yoshitaro Nomura)
1978 - The Yellow Handkerchief (Yoji Yamada)


Best Animated Picture Winners:
2019 - Weathering With You (Makoto Shinkai)
2018 - Mirai of the Future (Mamoru Hosoda)
2017 - The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Masaaki Yuasa)
2016 - In This Corner of the World (Sunao Katabuchi)
2015 - The Boy and the Beast (Mamoru Hosoda)
2014 - Stand By Me, Doraemon (Takashi Yamazaki)
2013 - The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
2012 - Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda)
2011 - From Up on Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki)
2010 - Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
2009 - Summer Wars (Mamoru Hosoda)
2008 - Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki)
2007 - Tekkonkinkreet (Michael Arias)
2006 - The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda)


Best Foreign-Language Picture Winners:
2019 - Joker (Todd Phillips)
2018 - Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer)
2017 - La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
2016 - Sully (Clint Eastwood)
2015 - American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)
2014 - Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)
2013 - Les Miserables (Tom Hooper)
2012 - The Intouchables (Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache)
2011 - The King's Speech (Tom Hooper)
2010 - Avatar (James Cameron)
2009 - Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood)
2008 - The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
2007 - Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood)
2006 - Flags of Our Father (Clint Eastwood)
2005 - Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
2004 - The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick)
2003 - The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
2002 - Monster's Ball (Marc Foster)
2001 - Billy Elliot (Stephen Daldry)
2000 - Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)
1999 - The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
1998 - L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
1997 - Titanic (James Cameron)
1996 - II Postino (Michael Radford)
1995 - The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont)
1994 - Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
1993 - Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg)
1992 - JFK (Oliver Stone)
1991 - Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner)
1990 - Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
1989 - Die Hard (John McTiernan)
1988 - The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci)
1987 - Platoon (Oliver Stone)
1986 - Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis)
1985 - Amadeus (Milos Forman)
1984 - Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
1983 - An Officer and a Gentlemen (Taylor Hackford)
1982 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)
1981 - Die Blechtrommel (Volker Schlöndorff)
1980 - Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton)
1979 - The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
1978 - Conversation Piece (Luchino Visconti)
1977 - Rocky (John G. Avildsen)

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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Event Films Delayed
Toho-Towa announced yesterday that they'd be delaying the release of Sonic the Hedgehog from March 27th to an undetermined date that'll be announced in the future.

Here is the list of notable event films that have been delayed so far this Spring:

Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur: Original Date - March 6th --> New Date - TBD
Onward: Original Date - March 13th --> New Date - TBD
Sonic the Hedgehog: Original Date - March 27th --> New Date - TBD
Mulan: Original Date - April 12th --> New Date - May 22nd

All are family oriented films, and a number of theaters, while not closing, are restricting admission for children until sometime in April, so it's understandable that these films are getting delayed. Not to mention the crowds that they'd bring with them to the theaters given all four are event films.

If things improve by Summer, the 2020 Summer Box-Office is going to be incredibly packed and enormous since these films are likely going to be moved between June and August.

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Post Re: Japan Box Office: 43rd Japan Academy Prize Winners
Looking at all the delays, it seems fortuitous Frozen II did not have a March release in Japan. Nobody could have predicted the coronavirus, but I'm sure Disney is happy that all of their biggest films were released last year.


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This is an approximate figure. In first place, "Fukushima 50", has admitted 106,000 people on Saturday and Sunday and achieved a revenue of 143 million yen. In 2nd place "Kamen Ward '' has admitted 77,000 people on Saturday and Sunday, with a revenue of 105 million yen

Estimated cumulative figures up to 3/8. “Parasite Semi-Underground Family” has admitted 2.92 million people and achieved a revenue of 4 billion yen, “Inunaki Village” achieved a revenue of 1.1 billion yen, and “Love is Hard for Otaku” has exceeded 1.2 billion yen.

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Looking at all the delays, it seems fortuitous Frozen II did not have a March release in Japan. Nobody could have predicted the coronavirus, but I'm sure Disney is happy that all of their biggest films were released last year.


Interesting observation. It would have been delayed for sure since Onward and Doraemon were. Presumably, it would have been moved to July/August (assuming things improve by then), where it would have done very well, probably a bit better than it finished. Remember, it doesn't really matter how late films are released in Japan since pirating/illegal downloads isn't a big problem in the market.

But yes, in hindsight, good thing they went with a day-and-date release for Frozen II in Japan afterall since the future is rather unknown at the moment.

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Post Re: Japan Box Office: Weekend Actuals (03/07-08)
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Weekend Actuals (03/07-08)
01 (---) ¥142,666,550 ($1.4 million), 0, ¥194,792,250 ($1.9 million), Fukushima 50 (Shochiku) NEW
02 (---) ¥104,764,650 ($1.0 million), 0, ¥149,437,750 ($1.5 million), Mask Ward (Warner Bros.) NEW
03 (01) ¥103,633,650 ($1.0 million), -38%, ¥4,047,163,510 ($37.1 million), Parasite (Bitter's End) WK9
04 (03) ¥x58,376,600 ($572,000), -48%, ¥832,741,400 ($7.8 million), Stolen Identity 2 (Toho) WK3
05 (02) ¥x42,851,000 ($420,000), -63%, ¥220,739,000 ($2.1 million), Shirobako (Showgate) WK2
06 (06) ¥x41,572,100 ($407,000), -28%, ¥354,471,400 ($3.3 million), Midsommar (Phantom Film) WK3
07 (04) ¥x37,726,800 ($370,000), -41%, ¥1,128,833,200 ($10.4 million), Howling Village (Toei) WK5
08 (---) ¥x28,466,300 ($279,000), 0, ¥x41,066,700 ($0.4 million), Judy (Gaga) NEW
09 (07) ¥x24,547,550 ($240,000), -50%, ¥1,203,221,550 ($11.2 million), Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Toho) WK5
10 (10) ¥x22,680,400 ($222,000), -30%, ¥244,336,900 ($2.3 million), Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna (Toei) WK3
11 (08) ¥x22,641,200 ($221,000), -51%, ¥751,391,400 ($7.0 million), 1917 (Toho-Towa) WK4
12 (09) ¥x19,175,150 ($188,000), -50%, ¥579,489,450 ($5.4 million), Made in the Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (Kadokawa.) WK8


Another dull weekend, but that's unsurprising given the Coronavirus' effect having a more noticeable impact, although the adult-driven films are still performing decently and not far from regular levels. Also, the first weekend of March is when Doraemon always opens to kick-start the box-office and begin the Spring box-office season, alas, it was delayed due to the virus since it's an event film, one that targets almost exclusively families and children.

>Fukushima 50 did alright, but given it skewing quite older, came in below its expectations prior to the Coronavirus. Films skewing too old (seniors) are also see the impact since seniors/elders are a vulnerable demographic. Still, it did okay as I said, selling 106,000 admissions over the weekend frame across 357 screens; it sold 146,000 over its first three-days in release. If I had to guess, its three-day opening probably would have equated to its opening weekend under normal circumstances.

>Mask Ward narrowly claimed the second place in its debut, selling 77,000 admissions over the weekend frame on 326 screens; it sold 112,728 admissions over its first three-days in release. Again, while not as impact by the Coronavirus as much as Fukushima 50 likely was, it, too, probably suffered a bit.

>Parasite was finally dethroned, but it's still holding well, and one can just imagine how much it's being limited now due to the Coronavirus hindering its incredible performance. It'll probably finish around ¥4.5 billion ($42/43 million), but if things improve come April, I could see it gaining traction and push toward the ¥5 billion ($45 million+) milestone where it was headed.

Nothing else to really analyse this weekend. Films that are attracting families, children, and elders are suffering the most from the Coronavirus due to being susceptible demographics (and some theaters are restricting admission to children, too), while films targeting adults (think 25-50-year-olds) are still performing pretty well, but are also feeling the impact a bit too.

Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur wasn't the only film to be delayed this month, so was Onward and Sonic the Hedgehog, and all three are postponed until further notice without a release date. So while March is often one of the more exciting months to follow the Japan box-office, it's not going to be very interesting this year. Here's hoping things improve come April, or at least before the Summer season.

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Top Opening Weekends: 2020
Gross ¥ ($) / Admissions [Screen Count] - Film (Distributor)

¥1.037 billion ($9.5 million) / 671,000 [962] - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
¥1 billion ↨
¥500 million ↨
¥362.4 million ($3.3 million) / 248,000 [333] - Kaiji: Final Game (Toho)
¥300 million ↨
¥283.0 million ($2.6 million) / 224,000 [313] - My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Toho)
¥262.1 million ($2.4 million) / 190,910 [778] - Cats (Toho-Towa)
¥248.6 million ($2.3 million) / 195,939 [328] - Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generation (Toei)
¥244.8 million ($2.2 million) / 177,000 [389] - Lupin III: The First (Toho)
¥229.4 million ($2.1 million) / 169,000 [304] - Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Toho)
¥202.5 million ($1.9 million) / 165,000 [346] - AI Amok (Warner Bros.)

¥200 million ↨
¥197.0 million ($1.8 million) / 143,000 [323] - Stolen Identity 2 (Toho)
¥193.5 million ($1.8 million) / 132,000 [500] - Ford v. Ferrari (Fox)
¥187.4 million ($1.7 million) / 130,000 [655] - Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
¥181.2 million ($1.7 million) / 124,000 [353] - 1917 (Toho-Towa)
¥164.6 million ($1.5 million) / 125,000 [311] - Murder at Shijinso (Toho)
¥155.2 million ($1.4 million) / 116,000 [211] - Howling Village (Toei)
¥144.7 million ($1.3 million) / 121,000 [255] - Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight (Shochiku)
¥142.7 million ($1.4 million) / 106,000 [357] - Fukushima 50 (Shochiku)
¥140.1 million ($1.3 million) / 101,000 [131] - Parasite (Bitter's End)
¥136.2 million ($1.2 million) / 101,000 [261] - Last Letter (Toho)
¥132.4 million ($1.2 million) / 117,747 [347] - Yo-Kai Watch: Yo-Kai Academy Y - Can a Cat be a Hero? (Toho)
¥125.0 million ($1.2 million) / 100,000 [353] - Welcome Back, Tora-San! (Shochiku)
¥115.7 million ($1.0 million) / x84,000 [158] - Shirobako (Kadokawa)
¥104.8 million ($1.0 million) / x77,000 [326] - Mask Ward (Warner Bros.)
¥104.1 million ($0.9 million) / x82,000 [327] - The Memory Eraser (Shochiku)
¥100.0 million ($0.9 million) / x85,000 [244] - Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger (Toei)

¥100 million ↑

Legend:
¥1 billion+ (Exemplary) / ¥500 million+ (Great) / ¥300 million+ (Good) / ¥200 million+ (Acceptable) / ¥100 million+ (Mediocre)

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Top Grossing Films: 2020
Gross ¥ ($) / Admissions [Days In Release] - Film (Distributor)

¥10 billion ↨
¥7.27 billion ($66.5 million) / 4.85 million [80] - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
¥5 billion ↨
¥4.05 billion ($37.1 million) / 2.93 million [59] - Parasite (Bitter's End)
¥3 billion ↨
¥2.03 billion ($18.5 million) / 1.46 million [59] - Kaiji: Final Game (Toho)
¥2 billion ↨
¥1.73 billion ($15.7 million) / 1.31 million [E] - My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Toho)
¥1.35 billion ($12.4 million) / 1.11 million [E] - Welcome Back, Tora-san! (Shochiku)
¥1.32 billion ($12.0 million) / 1.01 million [E] - Cats (Toho-Towa)
¥1.20 billion ($11.2 million) / 0.92 million [31] - Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Toho)
¥1.13 billion ($10.4 million) / 0.89 million [31] - The Howling Village (Toei)
¥1.12 billion ($10.3 million) / 0.85 million [E] - Lupin III: The First (Toho)
¥1.10 billion ($10.1 million) / 0.89 million [E] - Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight (Shochiku)
¥1.06 billion ($9.7 million) / 0.81 million [E] - Murder at Shijinso (Toho)

¥1 billion ↑

Legend:
¥10 billion+ (Uber-Blockbuster) / ¥5 billion+ (Blockbuster) / ¥3 billion+ (Hit) / ¥2 billion+ (Respectable) / ¥1 billion+ (Commercial Success)

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