Box office hits record high but film industry worried about
Record box-office receipts were logged in Japan in 2010, a year marked by brisk business at multiplexes that ran 3-D blockbusters, but industry officials and experts are concerned about the future after a series of closures of small, distinctive cinemas.
Movie producers expressed mixed emotions about the prospects of 3-D productions for the years ahead at a news conference on Jan 27, where they announced record 2010 box office receipts of around 220.74 billion yen.
“Too many 3-D films will end up tiring viewers,”” said Hideyuki Takai, president of Toho Co, a major movie distributor.
“3-D movies may help boost the box office but probably only for a few years,” said Nobuyoshi Otani, president of the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. ”