According to Sony Pictures, Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume no Tojimari earned US $2,15,000 at the U.S. box office on Friday.
The movie was shown in 2,170 locations including IMAX and premium large formats. Sony also projects that the film will earn US$ 5 million in its opening weekend.
Also, the film ranked #4 on Box Office Mojo’s charts. The film earned US$680,000 from preview screenings at 2,028 theaters on Thursday.
Shinkai’s previous anime movie Weathering With You made US$3,039,961. The movie raked in US$1,586,217 on Wednesday for its preview screening and US$1,445,534 on Thursday, placing it at #2 in the country’s box office on both days.
The movie is being shown on Crunchyroll in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub.
Starting on Wednesday, the movie was screened worldwide (excluding Asia) by Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom.
The distribution of the film in North America is being managed by Crunchyroll, while in Latin America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, and some parts of Europe, it is being handled jointly by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The movie is being released in French- and German-speaking Europe by Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom. The movie is scheduled to be shown in 199 countries and regions.
On its opening day, the movie secured the top spot on the box office charts in multiple countries.
In addition, it has become the highest-grossing Japanese anime film in China ever, and has surpassed the ticket sales of any other Japanese movie in South Korea.
The movie debuted in Japan at the top spot on November 11, and has earned a total of 14,310,602,380 yen (equivalent to about US$109 million) as of March 26.
This amount has exceeded the lifetime box office earnings of the director’s previous film, Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko), which had earned 14.23 billion yen (about US$108 million in current conversion).
As a result, the movie is now the 14th highest-grossing movie ever in Japan, as well as the eighth highest-grossing anime film ever in Japan.
Shinkai directed and wrote the screenplay for Suzume no Tojimari. He’s also the author of the original story.
Other staff members of the movie include:
- Character design: Masayoshi Tanaka
- Animation director: Kenichi Tsuchiya
- Art director: Takumi Tanji
- Studio: CoMix Wave Film
- Production producer: STORY inc.
- Distribution: Toho Animation
Makoto Shinkai is most popularly known for his 2016 fantasy romance movie Your Name which was a critical and commercial success.
The movie became the third highest-grossing anime film of all time.
The officially announced story of Suzume no Tojimari is described as:
Suzume is a 17-year-old, who lives in a quiet town in Kyushu. One day, she meets a traveling young man who is looking for a “door.” Suzume decides to follow him and discovers an old door in the ruins in the mountains. As if drawn by something, Suzume reaches out for the door… What follows is Suzume’s liberation and growth as she closes the “doors” that cause misfortune in abandoned places around Japan.