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The Boy and the Heron Becomes 3rd Highest-Grossing Anime in N. America, Surpassing Pokémon Movie 2000

Image source: GKIDS

Data reported from the Box Office Mojo website shows the U.S.
Hayao Miyazaki
‘s most recent animated feature
The Boy and the Heron
to be around US$44,237,878 as of last Sunday. This staggering amount ranks the film as the third highest-grossing anime film in the U.S., outdoing
Pokémon the Movie 2000
, which pulled in around US$43.8 million.

The 1998 animated movie Pokémon: The First Movie, leads the list of the highest-grossing anime films, having made US$85.7 million. This is trailed by Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, a film that debuted in the U.S. in 2021 and earned US$49.5 million.

Godzilla Minus One and The Boy and the Heron ranked #9 and #17, correspondingly, in the U.S. box office during the past weekend. Godzilla Minus One garnered an estimated earning of US$2,600,000, while The Boy and the Heron brought in US$660,932.

Both of these films have been nominated for the 96th Academy Awards. The Boy and the Heron has been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, while Godzilla Minus One and its team of Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi, and Tatsuji Nojima have been put forward for Best Visual Effects. The awards event is slated to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 10.

The Boy and the Heron prevailed in the Best Motion Picture – Animated category at the 81st Golden Globes Awards earlier this month. Moreover, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists awarded it the Best Animated Film award during its EDA Awards that took place on December 31. The 78th Mainichi Film Awards revealed ahead of its February 14 event that the film will be given the Noburou Oofuji Award, an honor given to animated works that showcase new forms of creative expression. The film also received nominations from the Annie Awards (for animated feature, directing, and writing) as well as the British Academy Film Awards (for animated film).

GKIDS obtained the license for the The Boy and the Heron film, and launched it in North American theaters on December 8, preceded by preview screenings on November 22. Showings included the English dub and screenings with Japanese audio complemented with English subtitles.

The film debuted at the top spot on its opening weekend at the U.S. box office, raking in US$12,836,313 across its first three days. Variety claimed that it holds the distinction of being the first completely original anime production to top the U.S. box office.

The film premiered in Japan on July 14 and sold a whopping 1.003 million tickets while earning around US$13.2 million during its first three days in Japan. The film sold 1.353 million tickets and made 2.149 billion yen (around US$15.53 million) over its extended long weekend. It ranks as the #69 highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, and is the third highest-grossing domestic film in Japan in 2023, with a remarkable 8.66 billion yen (around US$61.4 million) gross.

The film is Studio Ghibli’s first project to receive a simultaneous IMAX release. It’s also being screened in Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X formats.

Miyazaki is recognized for his original work, as well as for directing and writing the film. The musical score Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) contributed to the film. Kenshi Yonezu (Chainsaw Man, My Hero Academia, March comes in like a lion) delivered the theme song “Chikyūgi” (Globe) for the film.

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