List of highest-grossing films in Japan

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The following is a list of the highest-grossing films in Japan. This list only accounts for the films' box office earnings at cinemas and not their ancillary revenues (i.e. home video rental and sales and television broadcast). The first table is listed in terms of nominal gross revenue, while the other two are listed in terms of box office admissions.

Highest-grossing films by box-office revenue[edit]

Among the top 30 highest-grossing films, nine are Japanese films.

Films with earnings over ¥10 billion[1]
Rank Title Gross
(¥ billion)
Year Ref
01 Japan Spirited Away 30.80 2001 [1]
02 Titanic 26.20 1997 [2]
03 Frozen 25.48 2014 [3]
04 Japan Your Name 25.03 2016 [1]
05 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 20.30 2001 [4]
06 Japan Howl's Moving Castle 19.60 2004 [5]
07 Japan Princess Mononoke 19.30 1997 [5]
08 Japan Bayside Shakedown 2 17.35 2003 [6]
09 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 17.30 2002 [6]
10 Avatar 15.60 2009 [7]
11 Japan Ponyo 15.50 2008 [8]
12 The Last Samurai 13.70 2003 [9]
13 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 13.50 1982 [10]
Armageddon 13.50 1998 [10]
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 13.50 2004 [9]
16 Jurassic Park 12.85 1993 [10]
17 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 12.70 1999 [10]
18 Beauty and the Beast 12.40 2017 [1]
19 Japan The Wind Rises 12.02 2013 [11]
20 Alice in Wonderland 11.80 2010 [7]
21 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 11.63 2015 [12]
22 Japan Antarctica 11.00 1983 [1]
The Matrix Reloaded 11.00 2003 [6]
Finding Nemo 11.00 2003 [9]
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 11.00 2005 [13]
26 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 10.90 2007 [14]
27 Toy Story 3 10.80 2010 [7]
28 Independence Day 10.65 1996 [1]
29 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 10.32 2004 [15]
30 Japan Bayside Shakedown: The Movie 10.10 1998 [16]
31 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 10.02 2006 [17]
Japan indicates the film is a Japanese production.
  film currently playing Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 12 October 2018 in Japanese theaters.

High-grossing films by box-office admissions[edit]

Title Admissions
(millions)
Year Ref
Japan Spirited Away 23.5 2001 [18][19]
Frozen 20.03 2014 [20]
Japan Tokyo Olympiad 19.5 1965 [21]
Japan Your Name 19 2016 [22]
Titanic 16.83 1997 [23]
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 16.2 2001 [24]
Japan Howl's Moving Castle 15 2004 [25]
Japan Princess Mononoke 14.2 1997 [18]
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 14.2 2002 [24]
Japan Ponyo 12.87 2008 [26]

High-grossing film franchises by box-office admissions[edit]

Franchise Admissions
(millions)
Debut year Ref
Japan Doraemon 114.9 1980 [a]
Japan Godzilla 105.69 1954 [b]
Japan Pokémon 72.04 1998 [c]
Harry Potter 60.7 2001 [24]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Doraemon box office admissions in Japan:
  2. ^ Godzilla box office admissions in Japan:
  3. ^ Pokémon box office admissions in Japan:

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