Studio Ghibli's new Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (From Kokuriko Hill), written and stoyboarded by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, debuted at the number three in the Japanese box office.
Nationwide box office (via 2chan.us and http://eiga.com/ranking/)
1 . Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
2 . Pocket Monsters Best Wish/Victini’s Black Hero (Double Feature)
3 . Kokuriko Saka kara
4 . Andalusia Revenge of the Goddess
5 . ＳＵＰＥＲ ８
6 . Some Pirate of the Caribbean thing
7 . Full Metal Alchemist
8 . Ogawa no Hotori
9 . I Am Number 4
10 . Anpanman
In the adaptation of Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama's manga , Masami Nagasawa (live action versions of Mitsuru Adachi's sports manga Touch andRough, Godzilla Final Wars, Godzilla vs. Mothra vs. Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS) plays the heroine, a girl named Komatsuzaki growing up in Yokohama in the 60's. Junichi Okada (Prince Arren in Goro Miyazaki's Tales from Earthsea adaptation) plays the male lead.
Ghibli's last film, Arrietty the Borrower debuted at #1 in the Japanese box office, and was the year's top anime draw, beating One Piece Film Strong World and Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Genei no Hasha Z.