Weathering With You Film Earns 154 Million Yuan in 1st 3 Days in China

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Film is already 8th highest-earning Japanese film in China

Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You film earned 154 million yuan (about US$21.88 million or 2.36 billion yen) in its first three days in China. The film opened in China last Friday, November 1. The film is already the eighth highest-earning Japanese film in China, surpassing February's Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration and 2018's Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer.

Shinkai's previous your name. film opened with the equivalent of US$41 million in China. It ranked #1 in the Chinese box office in its opening weekend. The film eventually earned 576 million yuan (about US$81.84 million or 8.85 billion).

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 October 20. 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. Fathom Events will also hold "Special Fan Preview" screenings on January 15 and 16.

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: Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)

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