Japan: The Super Mario Bros. Movie tops foreign box office in 2023

The Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan has shared box office data for 2023 in Japan, revealing which were the 20 most successful movies in the country.

Unsurprisingly, the Super Mario Bros. Movie was the most successful foreign movie in 2023 in Japan, and the 2nd most successful movie overall (only THE FIRST SLAM DUNK recorded higher sales). Nintendo’s first proper foray in the movie business is a resounding success even on its home turf!

Foreign movies

  1. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (14.02 billion Yen / $94.8 million. As of October 18th, box office revenue was at 14,000,490,640 Yen)
  2. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning (5.43 billion Yen / $36.7 million)
  3. Avatar: The Way of Water (4.31 billion Yen / $29.1 million)
  4. Fast X
  5. The Little Mermaid
  6. Elementals
  7. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  8. BTS:Yet To Come in Cinemas
  9. The Haunted Mansion
  10. Meg 2: The Trench
RankRelease monthTitleBox office revenue (billion Yen)Distributor
1Apr. 2023The Super Mario Bros. Movie140.2 Toho
2July 2023Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning54.3 Toho Pictures
3Dec. 2022Avatar: The Way of Water43.1 WDS
4May 2023Fast X38.3 Toho
5June 2023Little Mermaid34.0 WDS
6Aug. 2023Elementals27.0 WDS
7June 2023Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny26.0 WDS
8Feb. 2023BTS:Yet To Come in Cinemas25.6 Avex Pictures
9Sept. 2023The Haunted Mansion21.7 WDS
10Aug. 2023Meg 2: The Trench14.6 WB
11May 2023Guardians of the Galaxy:VOLUME313.2 WDS
12Aug. 2023Transformers: Rise of the Beasts12.9 Toho Pictures
13June 2023Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse11.1 SPE
14Feb. 2023Titanic: James Cameron 25th Anniversary 3D Remaster10.9 WDS
15Sept. 2023John Wick: Chapter 410.4 Pony Canyon

Domestic movies

  1. THE FIRST SLAM DUNK (15.87 billion Yen / $107.3 million)
  2. Detective Conan: Black Iron Submarine (13.88 billion Yen / $93.8 million)
  3. The Boy and the Heron (8.84 billion Yen / $59.8 million)
  4. Kingdom 3: Flame of Destiny
  5. Godzilla Minus One
  6. Don’t Call It Mystery
  7. TOKYO Mobile Emergency Room
  8. Doraemon: Nobita’s Sky Utopia
  9. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village
  10. IDOLiSH7 the Movie LIVE 4bit BEYOND THE PERiOD
RankRelease monthTitleBox office revenue (billion Yen)Distributor
1Dec. 2022THE FIRST SLAM DUNK158.7 Toho
2April 2023Detective Conan: Black Iron Submarine138.8 Toho
3July 2023The Boy and the Heron88.4*Toho
4July 2023Kingdom 3: Flame of Destiny56.0 Toho/SPE
5Nov. 2023Godzilla Minus One55.9*Toho
6Sept. 2023Don’t Call It Mystery48.0 Toho
7April 2023TOKYO Mobile Emergency Room45.3 Toho
8April 2023Doraemon: Nobita’s Sky Utopia43.4 Toho
9Feb. 2023Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village41.6 Toho/Aniplex
10May 2023IDOLiSH7 the Movie LIVE 4bit BEYOND THE PERiOD29.2*Bandai-Namco Works/Bandai Namco Online/Toho
11March 2023My Happy Marriage28.0 Toho
12April 2023Tokyo Revengers 227.1 WB
13Dec. 2022Fragments of the Last Will26.7 Toho
14Jan. 2023The Legend & Butterfly24.7 Toho
14Aug. 2023Shin Jigen! Crayon Shin-chan THE Muubii Chou Nouryoku Dai Sakusen – Tobe Tobe Temakizushi –24.7 Toho
14Nov. 2023Kitarou Tanjou Gegege no Nazo24.7*Toho
17Dec. 2022Dr. Kotou Shinryoujo24.4 Toho
18March 2023Shin Kamen Rider23.4 Toho
18June 2023Tokyo Revengers 2: Bloody Halloween – Decisive Battle23.4 WB
20Nov. 2023Tonde Saitama ~ Biwako Yori Ai o Komete ~23.3*Toho
21Jun. 2023Monster21.5 Toho/GAGA
22Jun. 2023Akogare o Koeta samurai-tachi Sekai Ichi e no Kiroku17.9 Asmik Ace/J SPORTS
23Sept. 2023Precure All-Stars F The Movie14.6*Toho
24Sept. 2023The Silent Service13.7 Toho
25Dec. 2022Phases of the Moon13.0 Shochiku
25Feb. 2023BLUE GIANT13.0 Toho Lights
27May 2023Rohan at the Louvre12.5 Asmik Ace
28Oct. 2023Analogue12.2 Toho/Asmik Ace
29Nov. 2023Kubi11.6*Toho/KADOKAWA
30Sept. 2023Konnichiwa, Kaa-san11.1*Shochiku
32Jan. 2023Ichikei no Karasu The Movie10.8 Toho
33Sept. 2023City Hunter: Angel Dust10.6 Aniplex
34Mar. 2023And Yet, You Are So Sweet10.1 Shochiku
* movie is still showing in theatres.

And here’s data for the whole movie business in Japan:

2023Year on Year2022
Box office revenueTotal221,482,000,000103.9%213,111,000,000
  Ratio   Ratio
Average admission price1,424Yen101.6%1,402Yen
Number of releasesTotal1,232 1,143
Domestic676 634
Foreign556 509
Number of movie theatres3,653 3,634

Source: Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan


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