According to the movie series distributor Toho, the 11 Pocket Monsters movies have collectively broken the 50 billion yen ($455 million) barrier at the Japanese box office to become the highest-earning domestic animated feature film series ever.

Movie 11 dropped to 3rd place overall in box office sales this weekend as the latest Batman movie 'The Dark Knight' made its Japanese debut. Even Batman wasn't enough to dethrone Ponyo which retained its number one spot. The latest Naruto movie, which was seen by many as competition for Movie 11 dropped to seventh place after only its second week.