In This Corner of the World Anime Film Earns 1.5 Billion Yen
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Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World anime film earned 92 million yen (about US$809,674) and sold about 70,000 tickets during the January 21-22 weekend. The film has now earned more than 1.5 billion yen (about US$13 million). The film ranked at #7 at the Japanese box office for the weekend.
In this Corner of the World debuted in 63 Japanese theaters on November 12. Due to the film's popularity, more theaters are adding screenings. The film is currently screening at 198 theaters.
Animatsu Entertainment acquired the global rights to the film. The film is slated to open in 14 foreign countries, beginning in England, France, and South America, and it will eventually travel to Germany, Mexico, and other countries.
The film is based on Fumiyo Kono's To All The Corners Of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga. The award-winning manga follows a bride named Suzu Urano as she moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture. Suzu perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.
Director and writer Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) had announced the feature film in 2012. Additional staff for the film includes Chie Uratani (Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, Mai Mai Miracle, Tekkonkinkreet animation director) as assistant director and screen composition, Hidenori Matsubara (Oh My Goddess!, Sakura Wars, King of Thorn) as character designer and animation director, kotringo (The Bears' School, Gourmet Girl Graffiti) as composer, and Taro Maki as producer at GENCO. MAPPA studio founder and producer Masao Maruyama is credited for planning. Tokyo Theatres Company is distributing the film.
Film magazine Kinema Jump named In This Corner of the World the best Japanese movie of 2016. In addition, the magazine awarded Katabuchi with the Best Director Award. The film also won the Japanese Movie Award of Excellence and the Noburou Oofuji Award at the 71st Annual Mainichi Film Awards.
Source: Cinema Today