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 Mononoke.
Your Name was toppled from the No. 1 spot at the Japanese box office over the weekend - after 14 weeks in release and 12 at the top - by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
But Shinkai's story of body-swapping teenagers has pulled in ￥19.4 billion ($196 million) from nearly 15 million admissions since its release on Aug. 26. It was knocked out of 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 supplanted by Fantastic Beasts.
Your Name is the first anime not directed by Miyazaki to earn more than ￥10 billion ($100 million) at the Japanese box office. Having blown past Princess Mononoke, 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, having raked in ￥30.4 billion ($300 million), 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 collected (￥20.4 billion) $200 million in 2001 to put it at fourth on the all-time list behind Spirited Away, Titanic and Frozen.
Harry Potter spinoff 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 No. 2 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 set to be released in at least 85 countries, including the U.S. on Friday.
(Dollar-to-yen values calculated at $1=￥101, the rate when Your Name was released.)
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