Makoto Shinkai’s your name. had a nine week run of smashing all records and opposition, ranking #1 at the box office all that time, and pushing past Miyazaki’s Ponyo and James Cameron’s Avatar in Japan’s all-time box office top 10. Then, after all the dramatic promo build up, Death Note Light up the NEW world came along to knock it off the weekly top spot. But your name. bounced right back, moving back up to #1 in its 11th weekend and leaving Death Note at #2. And now it’s set to conquer the Oscars, as the film has made the awards’ Best Animated Feature consideration list.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their official list of submissions for the award on Friday. A record of 27 films are being considered for the 89th Academy Awards’ Animated Feature category, the ceremony set to take place on February 26th, 2017. Takeshi Nozue’s Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Keiichi Hara’s Miss Hokusai, and Michael Dudok de Wit, Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle are also being considered, and the Academy will reveal its nominees on January 24th. Here’s the full list of submitted films:
The Angry Birds Movie
April and the Extraordinary World
Ice Age: Collision Course
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Little Prince
Long Way North
Monkey King: Hero Is Back
Mustafa & the Magician
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
The Secret Life of Pets
The Oscar-qualifying run for your name. will take place in Los Angeles from December 2nd-8th at the Laemmle Music Hall. FUNimation note that the film will now be competing for one of five nomination spots in its category. Further info is given in FUNimation’s official statement.
In the meantime, it just keeps climbing up Japan’s all-time list. Earning 17.6 billion yen, it’s knocked Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets down from #8, then Bayside Shakedown 2 from #7 to become the 7th highest-grossing film in Japan itself. Here’s how that list stands as of press time:
All-Time Box Office Top 10 in Japan:
1. Spirited Away (2001/30.8 billion yen)
2. Titanic (1998/26.2 billion)
3. Frozen (2014/25.48 billion)
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001/20.3 billion)
5. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004/19.6 billion
6. Princess Mononoke (1997/19.3 billion)
7. your name. (2016/17.6 billion)
8. Bayside Shakedown 2 (2003/17.35 billion)
9. Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets (2002/17.3 billion)
10. Avatar (2010/15.6 billion)
your name. is now also the fourth highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan, as well as the fourth highest-grossing anime film in the country. The all-Miyazaki top trio, as you can see above, are Spirited Away at 30.8 billion yen, Howl’s Moving Castle at 19.6 billion yen, and Princess Mononoke at 19.3 billion yen. But Howl and Mononoke’s places are both in danger, as it’s been projected that your name. could even approach the 20 billion mark.
Now that Madman have opened an Australian website for the film, we can see an English subtitled version of the official trailer:
In its fifth week the movie crossed the 10 billion yen threshold, becoming the first anime movie not directed by Hayao Miyazaki to achieve such success at the Japanese box office, and Japan’s highest-grossing 2016 film overall. Shinkai was shaken by the whole prospect, but now it’s surpassed even Avatar and Harry Potter in earnings, he’s going to have to come to terms with the fact he’s created a modern classic.