You know, Your Name is gonna do just fine, even without that sweet, sweet Oscar gold.
Yesterday, Funimation announced that Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) took in more than $1.7 million in its opening weekend in the United States.
The film, which debuted on April 7, was shown on roughly 303 screens. Each screen saw an average earning of $5,281, which was enough to take the #4 spot among new releases.
The feature ranked 13th overall for the United States.
Box Office Mojo, an industry tracker, places ticket sales at $1,637,510, with an average per-venue take of $5,686 across 288 theaters. This places the film as the ninth biggest anime opening in United States film history, coming in ahead of Pokémon 4Ever ($717,061), but behind Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ ($1.82 million)
Michael DuBoise, Funimation’s Executive Vice President and COO, commented on the news:
We are thrilled that anime and indie film fans, theatrical exhibitors and critics alike, have all embraced ‘Your Name.’ and helped deliver such a successful opening weekend […] The vivid artistry and moving story telling of ‘Your Name.’ combined with our successful track record and proven expertise in anime marketing and fan engagement on limited event-style theatrical releases, like ‘Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F’ and ‘Shin Godzilla,’ made this opening possible.
Tickets for Your Name. available for purchase through the film’s official website. Funimation will host subtitled and dubbed screenings of the film. RADWIMPS will create new English versions of their songs in the film, including Zen Zen Zense, Sparkle, Yume Toro, and Nandemo Ii ya. The group composed over 22 tracks for the film’s original run.
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. The feature also saw an Oscar qualifying theatrical run in late 2017. Ultimately, though, the film wasn’t selected as a nominee.
In January, Box Office Mojo reported that Your Name. passed Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away in global revenues, making it the highest-grossing anime film to date.
Funimation describes the film as:
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.
When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?
Funimation released several dub teasers to promote the film, which you can check out below:
Source: Funimation (Press Release)