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  • 'Thermae Romae II' announced for Golden Week 2014

    January 29, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    On January 30 (JST), it was announced that one of the most successful movies of 2012 - 'Thermae Romae' will be receiving a sequel in 2014! All the main actors from 'Thermae Romae', lead by Abe Hiroshi as the protagonist will be reprising their roles in 'Thermae Romae II', which is slated for release during the Golden Week of 2014 (early May) and will be directed by Takeuchi Hideki again. The filming will take place in Bulgaria, a first for

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 18th/19th

    August 21, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    [caption id="attachment_261672" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'BRAVE HEARTS: UMIZARU' / (01) 'Marvel's The Avengers' / (03) 'Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki'"][/caption] 'The Avengers' finally opened in Japan and claimed first place by a wide margin. This weekend was all about the belated start of 'Marvel's The Avengers' in Japan and even though the Japanese were forced to watch it a couple of months

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  • Japan Box Office Report – July 7th/8th

    July 10, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    [caption id="attachment_250301" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(2) 'Snow White and the Huntsman' / (1) 'The Amazing Spider-Man' / (3) 'Rinjo: The Movie'"][/caption] The top three remains unchanged, while the new 'Anpanman' movie and 'Man on a Ledge' opened in at fourth and fifth place. Although we are in the middle of the summer holidays, the movie industry experienced a weekend without any blockbuster open

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  • Japan Box Office Report – June 30th/July 1st

    July 3, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    [caption id="attachment_250301" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(2) 'Snow White and the Huntsman' / (1) 'The Amazing Spider-Man' / (3) 'Rinjo: The Movie'"][/caption] 'The Amazing Spider-Man' swings to the top of the chart with an overwhelming first weekend. Japan pushes one of their own movies into the top three. The first real summer vacation blockbuster opened in Japan with 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. It ope

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  • Japan Box Office Report – June 23rd/24th

    June 26, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    [caption id="attachment_247205" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(2) 'Hotaru no Hikari' / (1) 'Snow White and the Huntsman' / (3) 'Men in Black III'"][/caption] 'Snow White' remains on top, 'LOVE Masao-kun ga Iku!' opens in at fifth place. 'Snow White and the Huntsman' was able to hold its position at the top for its second weekend and the same goes for the rest of top four, which are all distributed by Toho.

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  • Japan Box Office Report – June 16th/17th

    June 19, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    [caption id="attachment_247205" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(2) 'Hotaru no Hikari' / (1) 'Snow White and the Huntsman' / (3) 'Men in Black III'"][/caption] 'Snow White' claims first place, while 'Ai to Makoto' fails to make it into the top ten. 'Snow White and the Huntsman' immediately shot up to first place with 296,160 viewers (572 screens) and a revenue of 374,826,400 Yen (4.75 million USD). It was su

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  • Japan Box Office Report – June 9th/10th

    June 12, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    [caption id="attachment_245442" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(2) 'Men in Black III' / (1) 'Hotaru no Hikari' / (3) 'Thermae Romae'"][/caption] Women can't resist the charm of 'Hotaru no Hikari' and pushed it to the top of the box office chart. The movie adaption of the popular drama and manga 'Hotaru no Hikari' - starring Ayase Haruka and Fujiki Naohito - experienced a great opening weekend. It attracted

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  • Japan Box Office Report – June 2nd/3rd

    June 5, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    [caption id="attachment_244167" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(2) 'Thermae Romae' / (1) 'Men in Black III' / (3) 'Dark Shadows'"][/caption] 'Men in Black III' easily managed to stay on the top of the box office chart in Japan. Already, it has been seen by over 1,000,000 people and grossed more than 1,500,000,000 Yen (19.18 million USD). Meanwhile, Japan's very own box office hit 'Thermae Romae' was able to

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  • Japan Box Office Report – May 26th/27th

    May 29, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    [caption id="attachment_242651" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Dark Shadows' / 'Men in Black III' / 'Thermae Romae'"][/caption] 'Men in Black III' wows the Japanese people and easily claims first place on the weekend box office chart. It definitely was a large-scale opening weekend for 'Men in Black III'. It opened on a whooping 979 screens, which gave a lot of opportunity for people to watch it on its ope

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  • Japan Box Office Report – May 19th/20th

    May 23, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    [caption id="attachment_241377" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Thermae Romae' / 'Dark Shadows' / 'Sadako 3D'"][/caption] Johnny Depp and Tim Burton beat out Abe Hiroshi and Japanese bathing customs. 'Dark Shadows' - directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp - opened on a grand scale of 571 screens, attracting 311,162 viewers and grossed 404,526,450 Yen (5.10 million USD). It's the first Western movie

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