I used bits of this for the Box Office Gross (original source was this magazine) ranking updates, but most of what’s on this list doesn’t meet the criteria for getting on that ranking, which is intended for film adaptations of, for the most part, late night anime. Of course the biggest earners come from films that have no connection to late night anime. Madoka is the only one in the top 10 for example. This also shows how many more screens mainstream movies get – well over 300, compared to under 100 (or below 40 even) for most late night anime movies.

Total Week 1 Screens Release Date Title
¥12,020,000,000 ¥960,000,000 454 2013/07/20 Kaze Tachinu
¥6,870,000,000 ¥1,370,000,000 300 2012/12/15 One Piece Film Z
¥3,980,000,000 ¥660,000,000 345 2013/03/09 Doraemon Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum
¥3,630,000,000 ¥670,000,000 331 2013/04/20 Meitantei Conan Zekkai no Private Eye
¥3,170,000,000 ¥480,000,000 345 2013/07/13 Pokemon Shinsoku no Genesect: Mewtwo Kakusei
¥2,990,000,000 ¥680,000,000 312 2013/03/30 Dragonball Z Kami to Kami
¥2,340,000,000 ¥280,000,000 456 2013/11/23 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari
¥2,080,000,000 ¥400,000,000 129 2013/10/26 Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica: Hangaku no Monogatari
¥1,700,000,000 ¥280,000,000 127 2013/07/06 Gintama Kanketsu-hen Yorozuya to Eien Nare
¥1,300,000,000 ¥220,000,000 317 2013/04/20 Crayon Shin-chan Bakauma! B-kyuu Gourmet Survival
¥1,210,000,000 ¥450,000,000 257 2013/01/12 Hunter x Hunter Phanrom Rouge
¥1,040,000,000 ¥190,000,000 64 2013/08/31 Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. Movie
¥1,030,000,000 ¥190,000,000 173 2013/03/16 Precure All Stars new Stage 2 Kokoro no Tomodachi
¥950,000,000 ¥210,000,000 198 2013/10/26 Dokidoki! Precure Mana Kekkon!!? Mirai ni Tsunagu Kibou to Dress
¥680,000,000 ¥170,000,000 270 2012/12/01 Inazuma Eleven Go Vs. Danbooru Senki W
¥560,000,000 ¥80,000,000 38 2013/04/20 Steins;Gate Fuuka Ryouiki no Deja vu
¥560,000,000 ¥90,000,000 181 2012/12/28 Ao no Exorcist Movie
¥500,000,000 ¥100,000,000 93 2013/02/01 To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki
¥410,000,000 ¥50,000,000 142 2013/07/06 Soreike! Anpanman tobase! Kibou no Handkerchief
¥250,000,000 75 2013/05/10 Saint Onii-san
¥220,000,000 ¥50,000,000 27 2013/09/14 Takanashi Rikka: Kai ~Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie~
¥200,000,000 ¥60,000,000 26 2013/11/23 Persona 3 The Movie 1: Spring of Birth
¥180,000,000 ¥50,000,000 179 2013/07/27 Toriko Bishoku Kami no Special Menu
¥170,000,000 17 2013/03/09 Hanasaku Iroha Home Sweet Home
¥150,000,000 ¥70,000,000 32 2013/09/28 Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
¥120,000,000 69 2012/12/22 Kaiketsu Zorori Da-da-da-daibouken!
¥100,000,000 23 2013/05/31 Koto no Ha no Niwa
¥100,000,000 ¥30,000,000 20 2013/06/22 Koukaku Kidoutai Arise (2wk limited run)
¥80,000,000 ¥30,000,000 27 2013/02/09 Star Driver the Movie
¥50,000,000 ¥20,000,000 145 2013/04/12 Hana Kappa Hanasake! Pokka~n Chou no Kuni no Daibouken
¥40,000,000 ¥10,000,000 25 2013/07/20 Short Peace
¥20,000,000 102 2013/03/15 Shimajurou to Fufu no Daibouken Sukue! Nana-iro no Hana
¥10,000,000 15 2013/04/13 Aura ~Maryuuinkouga Saigo no Tatakai~

11 Responses to “Box Office: 2013 Anime Films Ranking”

  1. Progeusz says:

    Good idea, thanks for the post.

    >compared to under 100 for most late night anime movies
    I think it would be more accurate to say “around 50” or maybe even “below 50” (for more popular shows it’s ~40, for less popular ~25). A note about late night anime movies being more front-loaded should be there as well. It correlates with how BD sales are but there should still be some notice about it.

    • something says:

      Well, to be honest, I’m not sure they are more front-loaded. At least, not in this list. Of the 5 late night franchises at ¥500m or more, they on average did 17.6% of gross in the first report. The 13 mainstream films did 19.2% of gross in the first report. Basically the same, slightly more for mainstream actually even with Kaze Tachinu being very low at 8%.

      Films with grosses lower than about ¥500m are more front-loaded than more successful films. Or at least seem to be, because we get less of their total gross reported due to them dropping out of the charts very quickly and thus only being reported for a couple weeks. But this applies roughly similarly to both late night (33.7%) and mainstream (26.2%) films, it appears, allowing for the very small sample size.

      Box Office charts seem to have more in common with music or print charts than DVD/BD, with high thresholds and lackluster reporting for anything below moderately large hits.

  2. musouka says:

    This certainly makes me feel better about T&B’s opening weekend and potential gross. I mean, it’s not shockingly good like AnoHana, but it’s certainly not bad either. (Why otaku insist upon comparing T&B to Madoka and then sneering when it fails to reach those numbers, I’ll never know, but it always gets me antsy about T&B’s “success level” for some reason.)

    • something says:

      Ah did the second movie debut? ::looks:: Thanks for the heads up. And yeah, ¥130m opening weekend is perfectly fine. First movie did ¥520m, and about ¥115m of that opening weekend. No reason why the second movie shouldn’t do as well or better.

      Looks like Imas is up to about ¥350m after its third weekend. I’ll have to take a moment to find a non-Mojo Japanese source on both of these tonight and update the rankings.

      And people are dumb, they insist on comparing everything to whatever is selling best and completely fail to understand that “success” isn’t narrowly defined as “being the absolute best”. Well that and wanting to be douchey trolls, but y’know.

      • musouka says:

        People are also saying the snowstorm might have had an impact. Either way, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and I already have my tickets for when it hits over here, so the only thing I, personally, have to worry about is hoping for some of the movie merchandise to be available at my showing.

        Looking back over what I wrote, I also didn’t mean to imply that all otaku are down on the show or rude in general. It’s just something that seems to pop up quite a bit when people talk about T&B. Perhaps because they both came out the same year.

        Do you know what other late-night anime are still in theaters or coming out soon? Has Madoka left, or is it still bringing in the money? I don’t really pay attention to anime movie grosses unless it’s something I’m interested in personally, or it feels like a sequel might be riding on it.

        • hpulley says:

          Madoka Rebellion had a ton of merch which was nice while AnoHana had none or I didn’t get any which was disappointing as the letters look fun but the movie itself was really good so that’s OK. Gelly 3 was out too, pretty good year for anime so far I must say in theaters over here.

          Sadly the theaters haven’t been full though. I hope more people come out though I swear the only marketing they ever do is Facebook, Twitter and ANN.

          • musouka says:

            I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one of those special Hello Kitty x T&B crossover plushies, but I sort of doubt they’ll be selling those over here. The premiere of the first movie in San Francisco came with a free Kotetsu card and had tables for goods, but who knows if Viz will have another set up like that. They’re sure keeping their cards close to the vest when it comes to screening info.

        • something says:

          Pretty sure Madoka must be done by now, but I’m not sure how to check. Other than T&B and Idolmaster, I can’t think of any major late night movies in theaters right now.

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