Family Anime Movies Dominated Hollywood Imports in 2013

"Monsters University" and "Ted" managed to find place in the top 10

Entertainment industry journal Variety looked at Japan's box office results for 2013 and declared "Japanese films thumped Hollywood." The top spot was predictably taken by Hayao Miyazaki's swan song, The Wind Rises. Cuteness and Pixar's strong brand propelled Monster's University to second place. Then, cuteness and vulgarity made Ted a phenomenon. After that, the Japanese top 10 was was native films.

 

Most of that was family anime movies, with the live action representative being  Hirokazu Koreeda’s Like Father, Like Son as $30 million hit at number eight. The drama about two boys switched at birth that got a boost from its Jury Prize win at the 2013 Cannes fest.  

 

Hollywood's apparently Japanese target movies Pacific Rim, The Wolverine and 47 Ronin all underperformed.

 

According to Variety, Japan is now the world’s third largest theatrical market after North America and China.

 

via Box Office Mojo, rankings included

Rank Movie Title Distributor Gross Release
1 Kaze tachinu (The Wind Rises) Toho $119,513,192 7/20
2 Monsters University Disney $90,141,508 7/6
3 Ted Toho-Towa $43,994,113 1/18
4 Doraemon Himitsu No Dogu Museum Toho $39,965,030 3/8
5 Meitantei Conan Private Eye 2013 Toho $36,054,366 4/20
6 Lupin III vs. Conan Toho $33,961,055 12/7
7 Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato (The After-Dinner Mysteries) Toho $32,111,311 8/3
8 Midsummer Formula Toho $31,813,084 6/29
9 Soshite chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son) GAGA $31,133,900 9/28
10 Gekijouban Pokketo monsutâ Besuto wisshu 2013 (Pokemon: Best Wishes 2013) Toho $30,906,537 7/13
11 Eien no zero Toho $30,545,571 12/21
12 Dragon Ball Z Toei $29,947,013 3/30
13 Wreck-It Ralph Disney $29,646,724 3/23
14 Kiyosu kaigi Toho $28,284,250 11/9
15 Platinum Data Toho $25,920,896 3/16
16 SPEC: Closed - Zen no hen Toho $25,860,404 11/1
17 Iron Man 3 Disney $25,185,661 4/26
18 Despicable Me 2 Toho-Towa $23,984,758 9/21
19 Strawberry Night Toho $21,936,264 1/26
20 A Good Day to Die Hard Fox $21,426,025 2/14
21 Shazai no ohsama (The Apology King) Toho $21,188,003 9/28
22 The Lone Ranger Disney $20,676,296 8/2
23 Fast & Furious 6 Toho-Towa $20,048,392 7/6
24 Gravity WB $19,910,354 12/13
25 Life of Pi Fox $19,653,717 1/25
26 Kaguyahime no monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) Toho $19,217,168 11/23
27 World War Z Toho-Towa $19,210,592 8/10
28 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: The Rebellion Story WB $19,169,007 10/26
29 Oz The Great and Powerful Disney $18,804,441 3/8
30 SPEC: Closed - Kô no hen Toho $18,715,149 11/29

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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