Shinkai's 'your name.' Tops The Wind Rises as #5 Anime Film of All Time in Japan
posted on by Egan Loo
Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film sold 650,000 tickets for 790 million yen (about US$7.80 million) over the October 1-2 weekend to maintain its #1 ranking for the sixth time. In total, the film has earned 12.8 billion yen (about US$126 million) as of October 2.
Shinkai's film has now surpassed the 2013 Japanese box office total of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises (12.02 billion yen or US$118.6 million). At the Japanese box office, your name. is now the 5th highest-grossing anime film (after Ponyo's 15.50 billion yen or US$152.9 million), the 6th highest-grossing Japanese film, and 15th highest-grossing Japanese or overseas film overall.
In addition to The Wind Rises, your name. has now earned more in Japan than Jurassic Park and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The only anime films to earn more than your name. are Ghibli and Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and Ponyo.
Shinkai's latest is already 2016's highest-grossing film in Japan. The film reached 10 billion yen faster than Disney's Frozen, which closed in Japan after earning 25.4 billion yen in the box office to become Japan's #3 highest-grossing film of all time after Spirited Away and Titanic. Frozen reached 10 billion yen in 37 days while your name. reached the same milestone in 28 days.
Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi's Shin Godzilla film rose from #9 to #7 in its 10th weekend. As of September 6, the film sold more than 4.2 million tickets, the highest among all Heisei-era Godzilla films. As of October 3, Shin Godzilla has earned a total of 7.56 billion yen (U$74.6 million).
The live-action film of Naoshi Arakawa's Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga fell from #6 to #8 in its fourth weekend. The film opened in Japan on September 10 on 294 screens. The film is projected to earn 1.5 billion yen (about US$15 million).