2014 Japan Box Office Top Japanese and Western Films

Bunka Tsushinsha reported on the top 10 Japanese films of 2014, based on estimated box office returns in Japan as of December. This year, Takashi Yamazaki’s directorial films “The Eternal Zero” and “Stand By Me Doraemon” (co-director: Ryuichi Yagi) ranked first and second place. 2014 also marks a very good year for Japanese animation.

On the other hand, Disney scored a mega hit with the monstrous success of “Frozen” raking in 25.47 billion yen, followed by “Maleficent” ranking second. Check out the rest of the list below.

Top 10 Japanese Films
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Box Office
1 The Eternal Zero TOHO 8.76 billion yen (US$73.8 million)
2 Stand By Me Doraemon TOHO 8.38 billion yen (US$70.6 million)
3 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Warner 5.21 billion yen (US$43.9 million)
4 Thermae Romae II TOHO 4.42 billion yen (US$37.3 million)
5 Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Warner 4.33 billion yen (US$36.6 million)
6 Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie TOHO 4.26 billion yen (US$36.0 million)
7 Detective Conan: Dimensional Sniper TOHO 4.11 billion yen (US$34.7 million)
8 Doraemon Shin Nobita no Daimakyo ~Peko to 5-nin no Tankentai~ TOHO 3.58 billion yen (US$30.1 million)
9 When Marnie Was There TOHO 3.53 billion yen (US$29.8 million)
10 Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction TOHO 2.91 billion yen (US$24.6 million)


Top 10 Western Films
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Box Office
1 Frozen Disney 25.47 billion yen (US$214.6 million)
2 Maleficent Disney 6.53 billion yen (US$55.2 million)
3 Godzilla TOHO 3.2 billion yen (US$27.0 million)
4 Gravity Warner 3.18 billion yen
5 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 3.12 billion yen
6 Transformers Lost Age Paramount 2.89 billion yen
7 Edge of Tomorrow Warner 1.57 billion yen
8 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Fox 1.42 billion yen
9 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug “ Warner 1.4 billion yen
10 Noah Paramount 1.37 billion yen

(via Eiga1, Eiga2, ANN)