Japan Box Office Falls in 2020 on COVID

Japan's box office fell 45 percent in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and U.S. films took their lowest share in modern times. More details:

1/27/2021 12:31:00 PM

Japan's box office fell 45 percent in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and U.S. films took their lowest share in modern times. More details:

Thanks to the chaos COVID-19 has wrought on Hollywood release schedules, U.S. films took their lowest share of Japan's box office in modern times. Western movies brought in just $328 million, down 71 percent.

Total ticket sales revenue clocked in at $1.38 billion (143.3 billion yen), down from $2.39 billion (261 billion yen) in 2019, which had set an all-time record.The results place Japan just behind North America, which had $2.3 billion in sales, as the world's third-biggest theatrical film territory.

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For the first time ever, China, which made a rapid recovery from the pandemic in the fourth quarter of 2020, assumed the top spot, generating $3.13 billion in ticket sales.But even though Japan ranked third overall, the country's box office held up markedly better in the face of the pandemic than the larger U.S. and Chinese markets.

North America's ticket revenue crashed70 percent compared with the previous year, while China's slid 68.2 percent.Thanks to the chaos COVID-19 has wrought on Hollywood release schedules, U.S. films took their lowest share of Japan's box office in modern times in 2020. Western movies, the bulk of them U.S. studio releases, brought in just $328 million (34 billion yen), down 71 percent from $1.09 billion (119 billion yen) the year prior, which was the highest figure since 2004. headtopics.com

Japan's cinemas began shutting down in mid-April 2020 after the Tokyo government declared a national emergency in response to the country's first major wave of novel coronavirus infections. By mid-May, though, major Japanese multiplexes were staging a cautious reopening, albeit with some social distancing and sanitary requirements in place. Cinema operators then got a big boost from the blockbuster performance of local anime favorite

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train. Produced by Tokyo-based studio Ubisoft, the film set a new all-time record for Japan's box office, earning $352.5 million (36.55 billion yen). Adapted from a hit manga and television anime series, the blockbuster overtook Hayao Miyazaki's beloved classic

Spirited Away(2001), which had sat atop the all-time charts for two decades with a total haul of 31.68 billion yen.Hollywood's biggest new release in Japan last year was Warner Bros'Tenetwith a modest $26.3 million. Bragging rights for the biggest new non-Japanese release went to Bong Joon-ho's

Parasite, which brought in $45.7 million. Read more: Hollywood Reporter »

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