MOON was released in Japan on 10th April 2010, expanded across further citys / screens from 24th April. As you may be aware from previous posts, the japanese release as been supported by a great new web site, an innovative twitter campaign, and some nice advanced booking goodies as well as a new trailer.

So How’s it doing over there? Thanks to Jason Gray over on Screen Daily we have some details on how MOON is being received:

Moon (Tsuki ni Torawareta Otoko, 『月に囚われた男』) has a Yahoo! Japan user rating of 4/5 stars, which is quite high.

Since 4/10 opening in Tokyo & Kanagawa, opened in Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka. Sapporo & Nagoya in May.

Opening was 2.3m yen on two screens, which is a strong per screen average. Grossed just over 7m yen as of Apr. 17/18 weekend.

Checking Box Office Mojo, as of 25th April, MOON has taken $132,657 (12,534,762.36 yen) with further screens to open shortly in May, full list of cities / cinemas as follows:

City > Cinema > Opens
Fukuoka Solaria Cinema 17th April 2010
Kyoto Kyoto Cinema 24th April 2010
Hyogo Cine Libre Kobe 24th April 2010

Or if you prefer in Japanese, full listing also here. So thanks to all our friends in Japan for news of MOON, and for going out and giving it such a great welcome, still time to get out to the cinema and see it if you haven’t already, and if you have, spread the word on a great, award winning movie 😉

Special thanks to Jason Gray, who you can follow on Twitter for more news on film in Japan.