JAKARTA - The enthusiasm of the film business, which had dropped due to the pandemic, has risen again. In Indonesia, the film Makmum 2 proves that Indonesian films can rise by gathering more than 1.6 million viewers by the end of 2021. The Japanese box office will also grow 13 percent in 2021.
Total box office revenue in Japan grew 13 percent to $1.42 billion in 2021, according to a report released this week by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan.
Quoted from The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, this growth does not appear to have fully recovered in the midst of the pandemic when compared to 2019 with a total revenue of 38 percent higher to US$2.29 billion (Rp32.9 trillion).
Imported films only took up 21 percent of the market share in Japan, down from 45.6 percent in 2019 and 24 percent in 2020. Hollywood films in Japan, such as “F9: The Fast Saga” took ninth place with revenues of 32 million US dollars. .
The James Bond film "No Time To Die" became Japan's second-biggest Hollywood release in 2021, grossing $23.8 million, followed by "Godzilla Vs. Kong” with 16.6 million US dollars.
In 2019 or before the COVID-19 outbreak, Disney films dominated in Japan, including “Frozen 2” which earned US$117 million, “Aladdin” with US$111 million, and “Toy Story 4” with US$92.5 million. US.
In 2021, the three biggest releases were of Japanese anime titles, led by Hideaki Anno's sci-fi animation “Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time” which scored 90 million US dollars, followed by “Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet” with 67.2 million US dollars, and "Bell" with 58 million US dollars.
The top live-action film of the year is the boy band concert film “Arashi Anniversary Tour 5×20 FILM: 'Record of Memories'” which earned 40 million US dollars.
Quoted from ANTARA, overall, 959 films released in Japan in 2021 experienced a decline, from 1,017 in 2020 and 1,278 in 2019. Around 490 of them were local Japanese titles and 469 were imported titles.
Despite the ongoing hardships of the pandemic that the industry continues to feel, the total number of theaters opening in Japan actually rose slightly over the past year to 3,648 from 3,616 in 2020.
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