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Suzume Is Now Japan’s 11th Highest-Grossing Anime Film

Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume Hits US Theaters April 14

The anime film Suzume (a.k.a. Suzume no Tojimari) from Makoto Shinkai hit theaters in Japan in November and was immediately in the number one spot at the box office. This past weekend saw the movie in second place. About eight and a half million people have bought tickets to see it, bringing in 11.35 billion yen (which is approximately $87 million).

With these numbers calculated, we can say some pretty impressive things about this movie. It is currently the 30th highest-grossing movie ever in Japan. If we compare it to just anime films, then it is the 11th highest-grossing anime film in Japan. The anime movies that have still done better in Japan are two of Shinkai’s previous movies, five of Studio Ghibli’s movies, Demon Slayer, One Piece Film Red, and Jujutsu Kaisen 0.

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 stars
The sunset
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.

Source: ANN


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