New movies often open at urban theaters at the beginning of long vacation such as spring break, Golden Week, summer vacation, and the New Year holidays.Many of them are animated films.
The top five box office hits in the year 2000 were, for Japanese films, Pokketo monsuta: Kesshoto no teio [Pocket Monster: The Emperor of the Crystal Tower], Howaito auto [Whiteout], Doraemon: Nobita no taiyo-o densetsu [Doraemon:The Legend of the Sun King Nobita], Meitantei Konan: Hitomi no naka no ansatsusha [Detective Conan: The Assassin in Your Eyes], Nisen-nen Toei haru no anime fea [Toei's Spring Animation Festival 2000] and for Western film, Mission Impossible, I & , The Green Mile, The Perfect Storm, Toy Story 2, and End of Days. Except for White Out, all the top Japanese films are animated pictures. The average cost to see a movie in Japan is 1,260 yen, considerably higher than the average movie ticket in other countries: 460 yen in the United States, 800 yen in France, and 590 yen in the UK.
Movies were a major source of entertainment in Japan after the end of the World War II. In 1958, the number of moviegoers reached 1.1 billion and there were more than 7,000 movie theaters throughout the country. With the spread of television, however, by 1995, the number of movie viewers had dropped to 127 million, and the number of movie theaters to around 1,700. Recently, the number of movie screens has begun to increase, thanks to the advent of cinema complexes housing multiple theaters and mini-theaters for 100 to 200 viewers, but the number of moviegoers has leveled off.







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