Miyazaki's The Wind Rises Earns 2.85 Billion Yen in 9 Days
posted on by Marlene First
Film journalist Hiroo Otaka reported on Monday that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises film earned 2,853,560,000 yen (about US$29.15 million) in the Japanese box office after two weekends in theaters. It has sold 2.2 million tickets in nine days, and it held its #1 spot for the second weekend in a row.
In its first weekend, the film sold 747,451 tickets to earn 961 million yen (US$9.66 million) on 454 screens this past weekend. It is expected to cross the 10 billion yen mark (about US$100 million yen).
In comparison, Miyazaki's last film, Ponyo, earned 1,575,820,000 yen (about US$14,638,000 at the time) in its first weekend.
The stars stars Evangelion director Hideaki Anno as main character Jirō Horikoshi, the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. The film also stars former idol Miori Takimoto as Naoko Satomi, as well as Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Steve Alpert, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita, Mirai Jita, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Ōtake, and Mansai Nomura.