Anyone who is a fan of Hayao Miyazaki's work knew that "Hauru no ugoku shiro" ("Howl's Moving Castle") was the number one film at the box office in Japan in 2005, but the MPPA of Japan has finally released the official results for 2005. In the rankings of Japanese films, "Howl's Moving Castle" earned 19.6 billion yen (~ US $165M), making it the biggest hit followed by "Pocket Monster Advanced Generation" at 4.3 billion yen and "Koshonin Mashita Masayoshi (Negotiator)" with 4.2 billion yen.
I was lucky enough to catch "Howl's Moving Castle" at it's only California showing last year in San Francisco. It's not Miyazaki's best work ("Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind", "Princess Mononoke", or "Spirited Away"), but average Miyazaki is better than most people's best anyway. It will be out Match 7 on DVD and I've already pre-ordered mine. I highly recommend it.