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As we say sayonara to 2014 it's time to take a look back on the films that lit up the Japanese cinematic landscape over the past year. Dominating the box-office top ten was the usual mix of animation (including two entries for robo-cat Doraemon, one for Detective Conan, Studio Ghibli's latest and mega-hit Frozen sitting confidently above all) and manga adaptations (and sequels at that, Thermae Romae 2 and Rurouni Kenshin's two part epic finale) that have been the key money makers in recent years. Only two of these make it into the following list as we shine a light over the length and breadth of last year's film scene to find some of its highlights.Looking back over my list it would seem one of...
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Warner Bros Pictures International had a record year in 2014, grossing $3.17 billion. The studio said today that it beat its previous best of $3.14B in 2013 by 1%. The haul was led by Interstellar with $472M, which became Christopher Nolan’s biggest film ever in more than 1o territories including an eye-popping $74M in South Korea. The studio’s No. 2 pic was The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, which has made $446M thus far and hits China on January 23. Godzilla ranked third with $328M, followed by Edge Of Tomorrow ($269M, much better than its $100.2M domestic haul) and The Lego Movie ($211M), which was the No. 1 film of 2014 in the UK. A pair of 2013 holdovers — The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ($269M) and 300: Rise Of An Empire ($231M) — topped Lego’s 2014 tally.
- Nancy Tartaglione and Erik Pedersen
2 items from 2015
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