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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Becomes #16 All-Time Top Anime Film in Japan

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film is #68 overall highest-earning film in Japan

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film has now sold a cumulative total of 6.36 million tickets for 8,592,509,010 yen (about US$62.36 million) as of Sunday. This makes it the 68th highest-earning film, and the 16th highest-earning anime film, of all time in Japan.

Suzume already earned more than the #1 Pokémon film (Pokémon: The First Movie), and has now surpassed Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet, the #1 Yo-kai Watch film (Yo-kai Watch: The Movie), Ghibli's Tales From Earthsea, and Stand By Me Doraemon. It also earned more than Hideaki Anno's Shin Godzilla film. Only Demon Slayer, six Ghibli films, Shinkai's own last two films, One Piece Film Red, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, the final Evangelion film, and three Detective Conan films have earned more in Japan.

The film opened in Japan at #1 on November 11 and sold 1.33 million tickets and earned 1.88 billion yen (about US$13.49 million) in its first three days. The film sold 38.7% more tickets and earned 47.4% more than Shinkai's acclaimed your name. film, which earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million at the time) in its first three days. It also sold 14.8% more tickets and earned 14.4% more than Shinkai's previous film Weathering With You, marking the strongest opening three days of Shinkai's films.

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will screen the film worldwide except in Asia starting on April 12, 2023. Crunchyroll will handle North American distribution, while Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment will handle distribution in Latin America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, and portions of Europe. Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will release the film in French- and German-speaking Europe.

Actress Nanoka Hara voices the heroine Suzume Iwato in the film. SixTONES idol group member Hokuto Matsumura (live-action Liar × Liar film's Tōru, live-action xxxHOLiC film's Shizuka Doumeki) made his voice acting debut in the film as Sōta Munakata, a young man who embarks on a journey with Suzume as the "Door-Closing Master."

Shinkai (your name., Weathering With You) directed the film and wrote the screenplay. He is also credited with the original story. Masayoshi Tanaka (your name., Weathering With You) designed the characters. Kenichi Tsuchiya (your name., Garden of Words) was the animation director. Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices) was the art director. CoMix Wave Films and STORY inc. produced the movie. Toho is distributing the film. RADWIMPS scored the film. Seattle-based Hollywood film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, RWBY: Ice Queendom) scored the film alongside RADWIMPS. TikTok performer Toaka performed one of the film's theme songs "Suzume."

Sources: Kōgyō Tsūshin, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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