The popular 3-D computer animated "Stand By Me Doraemon" will be shown in theaters in 21 countries and regions after drawing enormous crowds at home since its Aug. 8 release.
"Stand By Me Doraemon" attracted 2.44 million moviegoers in the first 10 days, raking in 3.27 billion yen ($30.3 million) at the box office.
The figures show that the movie is the biggest hit in Japan this summer.
"Stand By Me Doraemon" is set to be released in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Indonesia, as well as Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, Malta, Monaco, Switzerland and Spain. Talks are also being held to bring the movie to other countries and territories.
"Stand By Me Doraemon" was made to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the birth of Fujiko F. Fujio, the author of the original "Doraemon" manga series.
The film was directed by Takashi Yamazaki and Ryuichi Yagi, who also collaborated on the 3-D animated feature film "Friends: Naki of Monster Island."
The story of the new movie combines classic episodes from the original anime TV series. The movie follows how Nobita and Doraemon, the robotic cat from the future, meet and eventually bid farewell after their series of adventures. It also features a lot of secret gadgets Doraemon brings from the future.
According to members of the international division of Toho Co., the movie studio, they received a flood of inquires for "Stand By Me Doraemon" at a film fair held in conjunction with the Cannes International Film Festival in May. The new visuals of Doraemon rendered in 3-D computer-generated imagery caused a lot of excitement among buyers, they said.