How huge is the Pokemon franchise in Japan?
Well, according to Variety, the 11 movies based on the über-cute Nintendo videogame have raced past $455 million (50 billion yen) at Japanese box office, breaking local records for feature cartoons.
Variety reports that the most recent film, Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet: Shaymin, has raked in $32 million since its release on July 19.
Pokemon started as a Game Boy RPG in the ‘90s, and has since branched out to manga, a trading card game, an animated series and other merchandise.
The first Pokemon movie stormed the U.S. in 1999, generating $86 million, a record has yet to be broken for a Japanese film. (Well, until Kung-Pow 2 comes out, I’m bettin’…)
Edge-online.com: Pokemon Films Break Japanese Box Office Records