First Published: 10/05/2015
Updated: 12/18/2017

This article works as a directory for the box office records inside Japan. There is an emphasis, though, on those relevant to Toho Studios. Some categories are broken up to cover all studios or Toho only, and are denoted with this break for each. Figures are presented in yen to give the most accurate presentation of performance. This is done since currency conversion can impact a figure so much. Please read the notation for how the site also decides on conversions from one currency to another.

Please note that charts, like the highest budgets, are done with the data available. As more data is uncovered they will be updated based on those findings.

Box Office Records Directory

Largest Gross (All Studios)

Rank Title Total Gross (Yen) Distributor Release
1 Spirited Away ¥30,800,000,000 Toho 2001
2 Titanic ¥26,200,000,000 Fox 1997
3 Frozen ¥25,500,000,000 Disney 2014
4 Your Name ¥25,030,000,000 Toho 2016
5 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ¥20,300,000,000 Warner Bros. 2001
6 Howl's Moving Castle ¥19,600,000,000 Toho 2004
7 Princess Mononoke ¥19,323,000,000 Toho 1997
8 Bayside Shakedown 2 ¥17,350,000,000 Toho 2003
9 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ¥17,300,000,000 Warner Bros. 2002
10 Avatar ¥15,600,000,000 Fox 2009
11 Ponyo ¥15,500,000,000 Toho 2008
12 The Last Samurai ¥13,700,000,000 Warner Bros. 2003
13 Armageddon ¥13,500,000,000 Disney 1998
14 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ¥13,500,000,000 Warner Bros. 2004
15 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ¥13,483,000,000 UIP 1983
16 Jurassic Park ¥12,850,000,000 UIP 1993
17 Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace ¥12,700,000,000 Fox 1999
18 Beauty and the Beast (2017) ¥12,360,000,000 Disney 2017
19 The Wind Rises ¥12,020,000,000 Toho 2013
20 Alice in Wonderland ¥11,800,000,000 Disney 2010
21 Star Wars: The Force Awakens ¥11,580,000,000 Disney 2015
22 Antarctica ¥11,000,000,000 Toho/Nippon 1983
23 Matrix Reloaded ¥11,000,000,000 Warner Bros. 2003
24 Finding Nemo ¥11,000,000,000 Disney 2003
25 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ¥11,000,000,000 Warner Bros. 2005


Largest Gross (Toho Only)

Rank Title Total Gross (Yen) Distributor Release
1 Spirited Away ¥30,800,000,000 Toho 2001
2 Your Name ¥25,030,000,000 Toho 2016
3 Howl's Moving Castle ¥19,600,000,000 Toho 2004
4 Princess Mononoke ¥19,323,000,000 Toho 1997
5 Bayside Shakedown 2 ¥17,350,000,000 Toho 2003
6 Ponyo ¥15,500,000,000 Toho 2008
7 The Wind Rises ¥12,020,000,000 Toho 2013
8 Antarctica ¥11,000,000,000 Toho/Nippon 1983
9 Bayside Shakedown ¥10,100,000,000 Toho 1998
10 The Adventures of Chatran ¥9,800,000,000 Toho 1986
11 The Secret World of Arrietty ¥9,250,000,000 Toho 2010
12 Dun-Huang ¥9,000,000,000 Toho 1988
13 Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World ¥8,500,000,000 Toho 2004
14 Godzilla Resurgence ¥8,250,000,000 Toho 2016
15 Hero ¥8,150,000,000 Toho 2007
16 Umizaru 3: The Last Message ¥8,040,000,000 Toho 2010
17 Tales from Earthsea ¥7,650,000,000 Toho 2006
18 Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back ¥7,600,000,000 Toho 1998
19 Umizaru 4: Brave Hearts ¥7,330,000,000 Toho 2012
20 Bayside Shakedown 3: Set the Guys Loose ¥7,310,000,000 Toho 2010
21 Umizaru 2: Test of Trust ¥7,100,000,000 Toho 2006
22 The Cat Returns / Ghiblies: Episode 2 ¥6,460,000,000 Toho 2002
23 Suite Dreams ¥6,080,000,000 Toho 2006


Highest Budget (Toho Only)

Rank Title Total Cost (Yen) Distributor Release
1 GANTZ / GANTZ 2: Perfect Answer [Shared Budget] ¥4,000,000,000 Toho 2011
2 Ponyo ¥3,400,000,000 Toho 2008
3 Virus ¥2,500,000,000 Toho 1980
4 Antarctica ¥2,500,000,000 Toho/Nippon 1983
5 Ran ¥2,400,000,000 Toho 1985
6 Howl's Moving Castle ¥2,400,000,000 Toho 2004
7 Steamboy ¥2,400,000,000 Toho 2004
8 Kagemusha ¥2,300,000,000 Toho 1980
9 Princess Mononoke ¥2,300,000,000 Toho 1997
10 The Secret World of Arrietty ¥2,300,000,000 Toho 1980
11 Space Battleship Yamato ¥2,200,000,000 Toho 2010
12 Princess from the Moon ¥2,000,000,000 Toho 1987
13 Spy Sorge ¥2,000,000,000 Toho 2003
14 Godzilla: Final Wars ¥2,000,000,000 Toho 2004
15 Sinking of Japan ¥2,000,000,000 Toho 2007
16 Dororo ¥2,000,000,000 Toho 2007
17 Ballad: Song of Love Without a Name ¥2,000,000,000 Toho 2009


Widest Initial Release (All Studios)

Rank Title Theater Count Distributor Release
1 The Amazing Spider-Man 1,090 Sony 2012
2 MIB 3 980 Toho 2012
3 Alice Through the Looking Glass 979 Disney 2016
4 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 967 Warner Bros. 2016
5 Independence Day: Resurgence 963 Fox 2016
6 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 945 Disney 2015
7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 919 Warner Bros. 2007
8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 910 Warner Bros. 2011
9 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 907 Fox 2011
10 The Adventures of Tintin 895 Toho 2011
11 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 881 Disney 2007
12 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 878 Warner Bros. 2012
13 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 872 Warner Bros. 2010
14 The Da Vinci Code 863 Sony 2006
15 Alice in Wonderland 859 Disney 2010
16 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 858 Warner Bros. 2002
17 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 844 Warner Bros. 2012
18 The Avengers 844 Disney 2012
19 Avatar 839 Fox 2009
20 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 827 Warner Bros. 2005
21 The Martian 814 Fox 2016
22 Spider-Man 3 807 Sony 2007
23 Jurassic World 802 Toho 2015
24 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 800 Disney 2011
25 Doctor Strange 785 Disney 2017


Largest Attendance (Godzilla Series Only)

Rank Title Attendance Distributor Release
1 King Kong vs. Godzilla 12,550,000 Toho 1962
2 Godzilla 9,610,000 Toho 1954
3 Godzilla Raids Again 8,340,000 Toho 1955
4 Mothra vs. Godzilla 7,220,000 Toho 1964
5 Godzilla Resurgence 5,690,000 Toho 2016
6 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 5,410,000 Toho 1964
7 Invasion of Astro-Monster 5,130,000 Toho 1965
8 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 4,210,000 Toho 1966
9 Godzilla vs. Mothra 4,200,000 Toho 1992
10 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 4,000,000 Toho 1995
11 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 3,800,000 Toho 1993
12 GODZILLA 3,500,000 Toho 1998
13 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 3,400,000 Toho 1994
14 The Return of Godzilla 3,200,000 Toho 1984
15 Son of Godzilla 3,090,000 Toho 1967
16 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 2,700,000 Toho 1991
17 Destroy All Monsters 2,580,000 Toho 1968
18 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah 2,400,000 Toho 2001
19 Godzilla [2014] 2,180,000 Toho 2014
20 Godzilla vs. Biollante 2,000,000 Toho 1989


Annual Record Holders (All Studios)

Year Title Total Gross (Yen) Distributor
1973 Submersion of Japan ¥4,000,000,000 Toho
1974 The Exorcist Pending Warner Bros.
1975 Towering Inferno ¥6,220,000,000 Warner Bros.
1976 Jaws ¥9,000,000,000 UIP
1977 King Kong Pending UIP
1978 Close Encounters of the Third Kind ¥6,600,000,000 Columbia
1979 Superman ¥5,600,000,000 Warner Bros.
1980 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ¥4,800,000,000 Fox
1981 The Elephant Man ¥3,670,000,000 Toho
1982 The Gods Must Be Crazy ¥3,540,000,000 Toho
1983 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ¥13,483,000,000 UIP
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ¥4,800,000,000 UIP
1985 Ghostbusters ¥6,150,000,000 COL
1986 The Adventures of Chatran ¥9,800,000,000 Toho
1987 Top Gun ¥6,700,000,000 UIP
1988 Dun-Huang ¥9,000,000,000 Toho
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ¥7,400,000,000 UIP
1990 Back to the Future 2 ¥9,500,000,000 UIP
1991 Terminator 2 ¥8,790,000,000 Toho
1992 Porco Rosso ¥4,050,000,000 Toho
1993 Jurassic Park ¥12,850,000,000 UIP
1994 Cliffhanger ¥5,950,000,000 Toho
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance ¥7,200,000,000 Fox
1996 Mission Impossible ¥6,500,000,000 UIP
1997 Titanic ¥25,900,000,000 Fox
1998 Armageddon ¥13,500,000,000 Disney
1999 Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace ¥12,700,000,000 Fox
2000 Mission Impossible 2 ¥9,700,000,000 UIP
2001 Spirited Away ¥30,800,000,000 Toho
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ¥17,300,000,000 Warner Bros.
2003 Bayside Shakedown 2 ¥17,350,000,000 Toho
2004 Howl's Moving Castle ¥22,000,000,000 Toho
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ¥11,000,000,000 Warner Bros.
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ¥10,020,000,000 Disney
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ¥10,900,000,000 Disney
2008 Ponyo ¥15,500,000,000 Toho
2009 Avatar ¥15,600,000,000 Fox
2010 Alice in Wonderland ¥11,800,000,000 Disney
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 ¥9,670,000,000 Warner Bros.
2012 Umizaru 4: Brave Hearts ¥7,330,000,000 Toho
2013 The Wind Rises ¥12,020,000,000 Toho
2014 Frozen ¥25,480,000,000 Disney
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens ¥11,580,000,000 Disney
2016 Your Name ¥25,030,000,000 Toho
 

Box Office Notation

A series of notes regarding the Japanese box office, and the presentation on the site.

Conversion
The yen to dollar conversions for a film's total gross are done according to the exchange rate for the month the film was released. Converting the budget is done in the same manner in order to best compare the two figures. Conversions are always rounded because of the fluctuating exchange rate. Dollar figures are never converted back to a yen amount on any figures on the site.

Yen vs. the Dollar
The conversion rate between the Japanese yen and the American dollar can differ monumentally between a gap of only a year, or even a month sometimes. Because of this it's better to take note of the yen figures given for each film as opposed to the US dollar figures, as they are a more stable way of tracking how well a film is doing. For example: Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) would have earned around $20 million by the end of its theatrical run, but by the 2004 that total would convert to around $25 million.

Rough Figure
This term, seen in parenthesis on the site, denotes when a yen or dollar figure has been rounded.

Distribution Earning
Prior to 1999, Japan often tracked box office performance through stating the distribution earnings. This figure is the money earned minus the revenue that would go to the theaters screening the film. For example, the distribution earnings on The Adventures of Chatran (1986) were ¥5,400,000,000 out of a total box office gross of ¥9,800,000,000. This means Toho took home ¥5,400,000,000 for distributing the film (although realistically, that piece of the pie is then divided up among the production companies) and the remainder accounts for what the theater playing the film made. Usually the distribution earnings are anywhere from 45%-70% of the total box office. These vary based on the agreements between the distribution companies and the various theaters. There are some exceptions, though. For example, the American movie ET had a distribution earning of 71.3% (¥9,620,000,000) out of the total box office revenue (¥13,500,000,000).

Country
The country in parentheses behind a figure, or date, correspond to which country that figure applies to. For example, Godzilla (1954) states the marketing budget as "¥37,106,545 / $600,000 (Japan)" and the Japan in parentheses denotes that this figure applies to the marketing of the Japanese theatrical release.