Move over, The Wind Rises, because the latest film from Makoto Shinkai just slid into 10th place in the list of highest-grossing anime films in Japan. Hayao Miyazaki’s 2013 feature previously held the spot, but Suzume took it over after exceeding 12 billion yen at the Japanese box office.
The numbers now have Suzume at 12.13 billion yen, which adds up to roughly US$88.87 million, and 9.13 million tickets sold. Shinkai is now just the second director behind Miyazaki to have three anime films in the all-time list, where it currently sits as the 27th overall highest-grossing film in Japan.
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The movie was both written and directed by Shinkai, who is known for Weathering with You and your name. Here is an official description for the plot of Suzume:
“On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—
17-year-old Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly mesmerized by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob…
Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
The morning sky
Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky—
Drawn in by this mysterious door, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.”
The movie is scheduled to hit American theaters on April 14.