Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hollywood Horror: Biggest Worldwide Box Office Releases So Far This Year Come From China, Japan


The worldwide box office is hot so far this year. But so far this year, the movie with the largest worldwide box office is one you’ve never heard of and hasn’t been released here: “Your Name,” a Japanese¬† animated film, has made $327 million. Almost all of that was earned in Japan, with China as a runner up.

At number 4 on the top 10 worldwide box office for 2017 stands “The Great Wall.” A bust here, the Matt Damon starrer racked up most of its $271 million in China.

Number 5 is “Kung Fu Yoga,” with $245 million raked in, in China.

Number 6 is “Journey to the West,” with $237 million from Chinese audiences. Sony released it in the US on February 3rd, and it’s made less than a million bucks.

Number 9 is “Duckweed” — $143 million, nearly all of it in China.

From number 10 to 20 there are several more including a Bollywood film and a Jackie Chan entry. That’s Jackie Chan, who will get a Governors Award Lifetime Achievement Oscar on Sunday night.

By the way. “Your Name” will be released in April not by a big American studio but by FUNimation, founded in Fort Worth Texas by Japanese American entrepreneur Gen Fukunaga. He’s suddenly the most successful exec in Hollywood.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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