Fathom Events Screens Weathering With You Film in U.S. on January 15, 16
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Fathom Events announced on Wednesday that it will screen Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You film in theaters in the United States on January 15 and 16. The screenings will be a "Special Fan Preview" with exclusive bonus content before GKIDS opens the film in North America on January 17. Tickets for Fathom Events' screening will go on sale on November 15.
Weathering With You opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan on July 19. 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 has sold a total of 10.27 million tickets to earn 13,738,922,000 yen (about US$126 million) as of Sunday. The film is now the #7 highest-earning domestic film of all time in Japan and the highest-grossing film in Japan this year.
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 beginning on January 17.
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...
The anime won the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles this past weekend. The film's October 18 screening at the festival was the film's United States premiere, with director Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura appearing in person. Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) hosted the North American premiere of Weathering With You as part of its Special Presentations category, with screenings on September 8, 10, and 14.
The Anime NYC convention will screen the film on November 17. The film will also screen at the Hawai'i International Film Festival (HIFF) on November 17. The anime is nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and the winners will be announced in Brisbane, Australia on November 21. Japan submitted the film for consideration in the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Source: Press release