America is overpaying. Japanese are masters at budget managing and cost cutting. No.11026922 Report
The Spongebob Movie cost 3,600,000,000 Yen.
Gurren Lagann averaged 11,000,000 Yen per episode (~297,000,000)
Dennou Coil averaged 32,000,000 Yen per episode (~832,000,000)
Seirei no Moribito averaged 25,000,000 Yen per episode (~650,000,000)
Ghost in the Shell Innocence movie was 1,000,000,000 Yen with marketing cost.
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex (2002) averaged 30,000,000 Yen per episode (~780,000,000)
Spongebob Movie= 3,600,000,000
Above Japanese anime plus Innocence movie combined= ~3,559,000,000