Another “Dark Knight” update!: Too Dark for Japan

Two in one day! Whoo hoo!


“Knight” Too Dark For JapanBy Garth FranklinFriday, August 29th 2008 12:23am It’s the biggest box-office earner in over a decade in the US, the biggest earner of the year internationally, and still the best reviewed, wide-release live-action film of the year according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Yet “The Dark Knight” has hit an unexpected stumbling block – it’s flopping in Japan where the film has pulled in just $8.7 million so far in its first three weeks of release says Film Junk. To give you a comparison the first Chris Nolan/Christian Bale team-up “Batman Begins” scored $14 million in just its opening weekend in Japan.

Several predictable factors have come into play. As comic books are very much a part of American culture, movies based on them have always done significantly better domestically rather than globally with only the rare exception to that point.

Likewise another movie juggernaut is dominating the scene – “Ponyo on the Cliff”. The latest animated epic from acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke”) has pulled in a staggering $93.2 million in its first four weeks.

Yet there’s more to it than that, and film critic Chika Minagawa offers one possible explanation: “The story is very pessimistic. It has a dark and gloomy texture that Japanese movie fans do not find appealing in a ‘comic hero’ film… Japanese movie fans expect such films to be fun and action packed, for the hero to be attractive, for the villain to be loud and outrageous, and for the movie itself to be easy to understand and light.”

Meanwhile the film has just surpassed the first “Spider-Man” as the biggest comic book movie of ever made. “Knight” has taken in $492.7 million domestically, beating the original Sam Raimi movie which took in $403.7 million back in 2002 and now sits at $491.95 million when adjusted for inflation.

Globally it is expected to pass the $900 million mark this weekend. It’s foreign cume of $400 million so far is more than double that of the previous best-selling Batman movie “Batman Begins” with $166 million.

Whatever. Things are always different in Japan. In Japan they don’t cheer for wrestling or sporting events until close to the end and then its just clapping. Its a respect thing.


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Marcos Cosme has had a love for writing and film since he was little. By combing those two passions, he started studying film early on in Middle School and High School writing screenplays and working in his High School television production studio. When it came time for college he decided to pursue a bachelors in Electronic Film making from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Marcos continues to be an avid watcher of movies and scripted television series, although he does, on occasion, watch some reality shows. He has watched hundreds of movies during the course of his life and has worked in various roles on small independent film projects, including writing, producing and directing. In his spare time Marcos loves to write screenplays, read books, contribute articles, blogs and reviews on various topics including (but obviously not limited to) movies, television, books, and wrestling; just to name a few. He is a Rabbit aficionado (he has a dwarf rabbit named Peanut-who is the logo of Cos' Blog) and is a Golden Retriever connoisseur (he has two Goldens named Cassie and Chloe). He also love to spend time with his wife and as of July of 2015 they welcomed their first child, Miles, who can occasionally be seen on the blog.

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