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Weathering With You Film Tops Live-Action Aladdin, The Wind Rises at Japan's Box Office

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Sells 9 million tickets for 12 billion yen; gets screenings that allow cheering, singing, pen lights beginning on September 15

Makoto Shinkai's new film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) has earned 12.1 billion yen (about US$113 million) as of Sunday, its 52nd day of screening in Japan. The film has sold 9 million tickets so far. The film was the #8 highest-earning Japanese film of all time in Japan as of last week, but it has now surpassed The Wind Rises (12.02 billion yen) to inch up to #7. The movie is also now the #6 Japanese animated film of all time, and the highest-grossing film — live-action or animated, domestic or overseas — in Japan this year after topping the live-action Aladdin film.

The film's official website also revealed on Monday that the film will have special screenings that will allow cheering, singing, shouting, cosplay, and pen lights in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Hokkaido beginning on September 15.

The film sold 1,159,020 tickets for 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) in its first three days in 358 theaters. The film ranked #1 in its opening weekend.

The film earned 28.6% more in its first three days compared to Shinkai's previous your name. film, which earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million at the time) in its first three days.

The film opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan on July 19.The last Japanese film to earn over 10 billion yen was Shinkai's previous film your name. three years ago. Weathering With You is also now the highest-grossing Japanese film so far this year after surpassing the live-action Aladdin.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is hosting the North American premiere of Weathering With You as part of its Special Presentations category, with screenings on September 8, 10, and 14. The film is eligible to win the Audience Award. Japan submitted the film for consideration in the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Shinkai confirmed that the film will get a worldwide release, and releases have already been decided for North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. GKIDS has licensed the film for North America, and will give the film an "awards qualifying" theatrical run this year before a wider screening with subtitles and an English dub in early 2020.

GKIDS describes the film:

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong­willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky...

Shinkai is credited with the original work, and also directed and wrote the film's scripts for CoMix Wave Films. Masayoshi Tanaka (your name., anohana, The Anthem of the Heart) designed the characters, Atsushi Tamura (The Cat Returns, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin) was the animation director, and Hiroshi Takiguchi (The Garden of Words, Ajin) was the art director. Story Inc. is credited as producer, and TOHO distributes the film. RADWIMPS' Yōjirō Noda composed five vocal theme songs for the film, and the group also provided 27 background music songs for the film. Tōko Miura sang RADWIMPS' "Grand Escape (Movie edit) feat. Tōko Miura" and "Shukusai (Movie edit) feat. Tōko Miura" theme songs for the film.

Shinkai also penned a novel adaptation of the film that debuted digitally and in print on July 18. The film's soundtrack shipped on July 19. A manga adaptation by Watari Kubota launched in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine on July 25.

Sources: Oricon News, Weathering With You film's website

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