“Your Name” passes “Spirited Away” as the World’s Highest Grossing Anime Film


As of this past week, Makoto Shinkai‘s your name. anime film has surpassed Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli‘s Spirited Away film in worldwide box office earnings. According to the Box Office Mojo website, Shinkai’s film has earned a total of US$281 million worldwide to beat Spirited Away‘s US$275 million.

In Japan, your name.‘s domestic gross has yet to beat Spirited Away. As of Sunday, 143 days after it opened in Japan, your name. had earned23.23 billion yen (about US$204 million), compared to Spirited Away‘s30.8 billion yen (about US$270 million). That still makes your name. the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the second highest-grossing Japanese film, and the second highest-grossing anime film.

The film premiered in South Korea on January 4 and sold 1.18 million tickets for the equivalent of US$8.1 million in its first five days. The film topped the South Korean box office during its first weekend by selling 837,556 tickets. The film remained at #1 in its second week, selling 739,534 tickets during the weekend to earn the equivalent of US$5.23 million, 30% of the weekend total in South Korea. Shinkai’s film opened on 555 screens in South Korea, which is a new record for a Japanese film.

Aside from South Korea, Shinkai’s film topped the box office on opening day in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. In China, the film has become the top-grossing 2D animated film in China of all time. The film has earned 566 million yuan (about US$81 million or 9.5 billion yen) as of New Year’s Day. Shinkai’s film already broke all-time records in China for most advance tickets sold, fastest film to reach 100 million yuan (US$14 million or 1.7 billion yen), earning 100 million yuan in just the opening day.

The film is slated to open in 92 countries and territories, including in the United States through Funimation in the first quarter of this year.

Shinkai’s latest film had topped the Japanese charts for nine straight weekends since it opened on August 26, and in its 10th weekend dropped to #2 to Death Note Light up the NEW world, before regaining the top spot in its 11th weekend, and it stayed at the top spot in its 12th and 13th weekends.


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