Suzume no Tojimari is now out in Japanese theaters and it looks like fans are truly loving the new animated film. Makoto Shinkai's latest movie has just earned over 1.8 billion yen in its opening weekend, defeating the box office records of its predecessors Your Name and Weathering With You.
According to Oricon, Suzume has made 1.88 billion yen (US$13.51 million) with 1.08 million tickets sold as of Sunday, November 13. It's an impressive feat considering that Makoto Shinkai's previous films are in the top ten list of highest-grossing anime films of all time.
Suzume Nabs Best Opening Weekend for a Makoto Shinkai Film
Suzume has reportedly made 147.4% of Your Name's opening box office gross back in 2016. In addition to that, the new movie made 114.7% of Weathering With You’s three-day opening box office gross when the latter was released in 2019. With that in mind, Suzume is now well on its way to becoming one of the highest-grossing Japanese movies of all time.
Your Name is currently the third highest-grossing anime film worldwide while Weathering With You is still catching up at the number 7 spot. Suzume has yet to get an international release and judging by its current success in Japan, it wouldn't be a surprise if the movie overtakes the two other Makoto Shinkai films.
Suzume no Tojimari follows 17-year-old Suzume as she meets a mysterious young man who is looking for a door. She agrees to help him and ends up opening a "door of disaster" that kickstarts a series of disastrous events across Japan. Now, Suzume must travel across the country finding similar doors and locking them to prevent major catastrophes.
The film stars Nanoka Hara as Suzume Iwato, Hokuto Matsumura as Sōta Munakata, and Shota Sometani as Minoru Okabe. Suzume is currently screening in Japan and is expected to premiere internationally in early 2023.