Kimi No Na Wa. Becomes the Highest Grossing Anime Film of All Time
Makoto Shinkai’s record breaking Kimi no Na wa. (your name.) anime film breaks another record, this time one of the biggest ones yet. Following the international release of the film, Kimi no Na wa. is now the highest grossing anime film of all time, surpassing Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away international gross.
Kimi no Na wa. has currently grossed over ¥33.93 Billion (~ US$290 Million) at the international box office, overtaking Spirited Away which ended its international run at ¥32.96 Billion (~ US$289 Million). The large bulk of the gross was domestically in Japan, where since the film’s debut on August 26, it has earned over ¥22.4 Billion (~ US$192.5 Million). In Japan, it is currently the 4th highest grossing film of all time.
Following Japan, the second largest regional gross was China at ¥9.23 Billion (~ US$81 Million) becoming the highest grossing Japanese film in China since its launch on December 2nd, 2016.
The film also made waves in South Korea when it released on January 4th, 2017 taking the #1 opening spot (the first since Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle). The film has earned over ¥1.7 Billion (~ US$15 Million).
Makoto Shinkai is a well known anime director who got his start in the industry in 1997 directing the short film Other Worlds. His first major breakthrough in the industry was 2002’s Voices of a Distant Star, which won various awards including the Animation Kobe award and the Seiun Award. Since his debut 20 years ago, his films have received acclaim and recognition for the films’ plot, use of mature themes and breathtaking visuals. One of his more recent hits is 2007’s 5 Centimeters Per Second, which won the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Shinkai’s most recent feature film is 2013’s The Garden of Words.