Japanese box office revenue hits second lowest level since 2000

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Box office receipts in Japan in 2021 recovered slightly, but still plunged to their second lowest level in two decades as moviegoers shun theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a announced the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan Inc. (MPPAJ).

He said revenue was 161.893 billion yen ($1.4 billion). Box office revenues hit their lowest level in 2020 since 2000, when comparable numbers began to hold.

Moviegoers in Japan in 2021 numbered around 114.818 million, also the second lowest figure, and only above that of 2020, when it hit an all-time low based on records kept since 1955 .

While Japanese anime and other films are beginning to win back audiences, entertainment blockbusters from foreign countries are still generally barred from being released in Japan. Foreign films earned less than 30% of what they did in 2019.

The average admission price was 1,410 yen, up 60 yen from the previous year.

“In addition to growing numbers of moviegoers paying higher fees for IMAX theaters and other services, it’s likely also because seniors and families eligible for discounts refrained from going to the cinema,” said Yoshishige Shimatani, chairman of Toho Co. who also serves as chairman of MPPAJ, which is made up of four major film companies.

2021 BOX OFFICE RANKINGS

japanese movies

1 “Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Three Times Upon A Time” (10.28 billion yen)

2 “Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet” (7.65 billion yen)

3 “Belle” (6.6 billion yen)

4 “Arashi Anniversary Tour 5×20 Film ‘Record of Memories'” (4.55 billion yen)

5 “Tokyo Revengers” (4.5 billion yen)

Foreign movies

1 “F9: The Fast Saga” (3.67 billion yen)

2 “No Time To Die” (2.72 billion yen)

3 “Godzilla vs. Kong” (1.9 billion yen)

4 “Monster Hunter” (1.25 billion yen)

5 “Eternals” (1.2 billion yen)

(Source: Japan Motion Picture Producers Association Inc.)

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