Update: your name. earns 20 billion yen, surpassing Howl’s Moving Castle

Makoto Shinkai’s your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) stayed #1 at the Japanese box office for its first nine consecutive weeks in cinemas. It had earned 9.1 billion yen in its fourth week, when Shinkai expressed concern over the pressures of breaking the 10 billion barrier. It’s already been marked Japan’s highest-grossing film in 2016, but now it’s broken 20 billion. This milestone makes it the second top-grossing Japanese film in Japan’s box office history, pulling way ahead of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, which earned a total of 19.6 billion yen in 2004. The only Japanese film ahead of it now is Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, as you can see here:

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. your name. (2016/20 billion)
6. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004/19.6 billion)
7. Princess Mononoke (1997/19.3 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. reached 10 billion yen faster even than Disney’s Frozen, Japan’s third highest-grossing film of all time, as you can also see in the list above. Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises was the last anime film to pass this benchmark, making 12.02 billion yen on theatrical release in 2013. Beforehand, the only ones to break 10 billion were Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and Ponyo.

In an interview with ‘Watching Japanese New Movies’ announcer Shinsuke Kasai, Shinkai was fretful over the film’s success, wondering what it means for him as a film creator. “The box office revenue exceeding 10 billion yen (US$98 million) is honestly frightening,” he said. “This box office revenue is not exactly proportional to my own ability…I don’t have ’10 billion yen’ worth of merit. I fear the assessment of my merit is becoming a bit unbalanced.”

Even when asked about his confidence in the movie, Shinkai retained his humility, saying “This time without considering anything, I thought I would probably get feedback that it was enjoyable; that’s the kind of self-confidence I had.”

The intense response to the film is understandably overwhelming, and Shinkai has even reached the point where his daily life is changing, shifting around his success and discomfort. “The footbridge that appeared onscreen that I thought was a good setting to put in the anime is actually from where I live. After the movie’s release, there are a lot of people walking there and taking pictures…I thought ‘I’ll try not to come here anymore’.”

your name. premiered in Japan on August 26th, and the film debuted in the UK as part of the London Film Festival, where it became the first animated film to compete in the festival’s 60-year history. Shinkai published his original novel on June 18th, and the film it inspired stars Summer Wars‘ Ryunosuke Kamiki, beside the live-action Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku‘s Mone Kamishiraishi.

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5 Comments on Update: your name. earns 20 billion yen, surpassing Howl’s Moving Castle

  1. Any idea where it can be purchased or streamed?


    • Elisabeth O'Neill // September 21, 2016 at 12:34 // Reply

      Nowhere we know of (that’s also legal 😇). Funimation have licensed it for the US, but there haven’t been any more details on that yet.


    • For now, it is only possible to download it (not legally) and that copy isn’t so good. I am hopping that it will appear in the cinema, but I don’t think it will (at least in my country). But if you are from USA, I saw the news it will appear in the cinemas in April.

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  2. KimmieKawaii // September 28, 2016 at 02:47 // Reply

    ahhhh I’m so looking forward to watching this!!!!! Thank you for the updated info.


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