Pokemon Films Break Japan Records

Pokemon Films Break Japan Records

Movies based on the Pokemon videogame franchise have surpassed 50 billion yen ($455 million) at Japanese box office, breaking local records for feature cartoons, Variety reports.

In all 11 Pokemon films have been released.

The report said the most recent film, Giratina and the Sky’s Bouquet: Shaymin, has generated $32 million since its release on July 19.

Nintendo owns the wildly successful Pokemon franchise, which 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 hit North America in 1999, generating $86 million in that region alone. Variety says that record has yet to be broken for a Japanese film.