Magazine article Screen International

Japan's Box Office Down in 2017; Hollywood Films Increase Market Share

Magazine article Screen International

Japan's Box Office Down in 2017; Hollywood Films Increase Market Share

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Beauty And The Beast was the highest grossing film of the year in the territory.

‘Beauty And The Beast’

Japan’s total box office decreased by 3% to $2.1bn (Y228.6bn) in 2017, compared to $2.2bn (Y235.5bn) the previous year, according to figures from the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren).

Hollywood films grossed a combined $945m (Y103bn), increasing their market share to 45%, compared to a 37% share in 2016. Beauty And The Beast was the top-grossing import, and the biggest film overall, with $114m (Y12.4bn).

Japanese film grossed a combined $1.15bn (Y125.5bn) for a market share of 55%, compared to a 63% share in 2016 when mega-hit animation Your Name was released. …

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