Film producer and distributor Toho Co. said Tuesday it posted record group revenue and pretax and net profits on the success of its box-office hit “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (“Spirited Away”).
Toho, one of three major players in the domestic movie industry, said it chalked up a record group pretax profit of 22.14 billion yen for the year to Feb. 28, up 20.7 percent from a year earlier, on record revenues of 200.51 billion yen, up 22.1 percent.
Its consolidated net profit came to a record 10.29 billion yen, up 16.2 percent, with its per-share net profit totaling 555.39 yen, up from 479.79 yen in the previous year.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the animated “Spirited Away” had as of Sunday attracted 23.33 million people and brought in 30.19 billion yen in revenue since its release July 20, according to a Toho official.
As a result, operating revenues in the firm’s movie sector soared 73.6 percent to 36.39 billion yen, boosting operating profits to 5.16 billion yen, up 400 percent.
The Toho group’s overall operating profit surged 38.4 percent to 21.59 billion yen.
In February, the movie became the first animated film to win the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear prize.
The film features a girl who finds herself working in a hot-spring resort catering to spirits and gods.