Achievement Unlocked: Crushed Howl’s Moving Castle at the box office.
Earlier today, film distributor Toho confirmed that Your Name. (Kimi no Na wa.) passed 20 billion yen ($175,534,832.69) in box office revenues. From August 26 through December 5, the film has grossed 20,006,188,400 yen ($175,513,280.27 USD) across 15,391,716 tickets.
The film unseated Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle as second highest-grossing anime film in Japanese history. It’s also the the second anime film to ever cross the 20 billion yen threshold in its home market, the other being Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) in 2001.
Shinkai commented on the news, stating:
I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who saw the film. I was taught that that movies sometimes have the power to connect with society. I’ll keep thinking about this, asking “what kind of story should I make, why, and why now?” together with the audience.
Your Name. is now the fifth highest-grossing film in Japanese history. the feature is expected to surpass Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, which earned 20.3 billion yen, to become the fourth best-performing film in the nation.
The current all-time list is below:
- Spirited Away (2001/30.8 billion yen)
- Titanic (1998/26.2 billion)
- Frozen (2014/25.48 billion)
- Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001/20.3 billion)
- Your Name. (2016/20.00 billion)
- Howl’s Moving Castle (2004/19.6 billion)
- Princess Mononoke (1997/19.3 billion)
- Bayside Shakedown 2 (2003/17.35 billion)
- Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002/17.3 billion)
- Avatar (2010/15.6 billion)
Your Name. is an original film from Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices),who directed the feature at CoMix Wave Films. Shinkai also penned the script, while Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, High School of the Dead) provided character designs. Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, Paprika) served as animation director on the project.
The film made its global theatrical début on July 3, at Anime Expo. Funimation announced that they licensed the movie at the convention.