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Hosoda Film Belle Makes 2 Million Bucks in US Opening Weekend

Hosoda Film Belle Makes 2 Million Bucks in US Opening WeekendSoon after Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle opened in Japan, it became the director’s highest-grossing film in his home country. Now it’s set to do the same in the US.

That’s ‘cause the movie, which opened on 1,326 screens this weekend (technically Thursday to Monday) made an impressive $2 million. Compare that to Hosoda’s previous film, Mirai, which made about $800,000 over its entire theatrical Stateside run.

The film hit 6th place for the week, behind such films as Scream (5) and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Not bad, Hosoda!

You can find a screen near you here. And here’s our review!

Here’s how distributor GKIDS describes Belle:

Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.