Makoto Shinkai's anime smash Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) has become the third-biggest grossing Japanese film in history, blowing by Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononuke.
Your Name was knocked off the number one spot at the Japanese box office this weekend, after 14 weeks on release, 12 at the top, displaced by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
But Shinkai's story of body-swapping teenagers has pulled in $196 million (￥19.4 billion) from nearly 15 million admissions since its release on Aug. 26. It was knocked off the No. 1 spot by the latest Death Note film on the last weekend of October, but returned to the top of the charts for another three weeks, before being toppled by Fantastic Beasts.
Your Name is the first anime not directed by Hayao Miyazaki to earn more than ￥10 billion ($100 million) at the Japanese box office. Having blown past Princess Mononuke, it now looks certain to pass Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle before it finishes its run, leaving only the legendary director's Oscar-winning Spirited Away ahead of it for total box office gross. Spirited Away is the biggest-grossing film ever in Japan, with $300 million (￥30.4 billion), which Your Name is unlikely to reach.
Your Name is now the sixth-highest box office earner in Japan, imported or domestic, and may overtake Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which took $200 million (￥20.4 billion) in 2001, to put it fourth on the all-time list, behind Spirited Away, Titanic and Frozen.
Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts had a strong five-day opening of $15.5 million, beginning on the Thursday Labor Day holiday and looks set for a big run. Japan has been the number two market for nearly every Harry Potter film, ahead of the U.K.
Your Name, which had its world premiere on July 3 at the Los Angeles Anime Expo, is scheduled to be released in at least 85 countries, including the U.S. this Friday.
(Dollar-yen values calculated at $1=￥101, the rate when Your Name was released)
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