“Les Miserables” movie, the musical screen adaptation made after Victor Hugo’s book of the same name, grossed a record Y4.2 billion (about $45.65 million) in Japan. The movie was released in theatres about six weeks ago, in December.
It is the highest box office level ever achieved by a musical-based movie in Japan, according to movie distributor Toho-Towa Co.
The previous record was held by the movie “The Phantom of the Opera”, made in 2005, based on the musical of the same name, Kyodo news agency reports. Its record at that time was of $44 million.
Not only the movie is becoming more and more famous in Japan, but also its soundtrack album that sold over 40,000 copies until now, according to the music information company Oricon Inc.
“Les Miserables” presents the story of convict Jean Valjean in 19th century France. The epic saga was seen so far by 3.4 million Japanese.
The distributor hopes the movie will increase the interest of Japanese people in foreign films. The company’s officials said they intend to keep the musical in cinemas for as long as possible.
Les Miserables has been nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.