Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ Poised to Be Fifth Biggest Japanese Movie

Mark Schilling
Variety

TOKYO — The animated juggernaut “Your Name” reached the JPY15 billion ($148 million) mark after 52 days on release, while winning its eighth weekend at the Japanese box office.

Distributed by Toho, the Makoto Shinkai-directed film about a teenage boy and girl who switch genders in their dreams earned $4.5 million during the Oct. 15-16 frame. It has recorded a total of 11.8 million admissions in Japan and been sold to 89 international territories.

The gross figure is the sixth-highest ever for a Japanese release, animated or live-action, and “Your Name” is almost certain to overtake “Ponyo,” the 2008 animation by Hayao Miyazaki.

On Saturday “Your Name” claimed the best animated feature film prize at the Sitges fantasy festival.

Ranking highest among new releases this weekend, was “Somebody” (aka “Nanimono”) in second place. Released on 297 screens by Toho, Daisuke Miura’s drama about five post-adolescents struggling to enter adult life recorded $1.75 million. Drawing fans of lead Takeru Sato (“Bakuman,” “Rurouni Kenshin”,) the film is expected to exceed the $10 million mark.

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