Makoto Shinkai’s latest offering, Your Name, is doing massive business in Japan right now. So much so that it recently surpassed Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle to become the second highest grossing film in Japan.
How well has it gone in Japan? How about to the tune of approximately $US176 million dollars. Releasing in Japan on August 26, industry experts are predicting that it’ll surpass the 20 billion yen threshold soon as it shows no sign of slowing down. If you haven’t seen it, shame on you. Here’s a trailer below and also my review from when I saw it the other day…absolutely breathtaking.
Until recently, the highest grossing anime movie at the Japanese box office was the K-ON! movie. This was recently surpassed the 3rd Madoka movie, “Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion”. But just how well has it really done?
Well, since its premiere on October 26th until December 31st, 2013 the movie had raked in ¥2 billion! It also managed to break through the ¥1 billion mark in only 13 days which in itself is a remarkable feat. Due to the demand for the movie, it will now begin screening on an additional 46 screens which rounds out the total screens to 59 starting from January 11.
Lucky moviegoers on that day will be receiving a small bonus in the form of a clear file with artwork designed by Ume Aoki, the original art designer.
We recently reported on the eve of the first Dragon Ball Z movie in 17 years and the anticipation and expectation that this movie would perform well at the box office.
Well, those fears can be put to bed with the movie, Dragon Ball Z: Kami to Kami (“Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”), opening up on the past weekend in Japan and raking in the cash. The film opened on March 30th across 312 screens taking in ¥683,925,000 or approximately $US7.1 million. In terms of how many people saw the film in its opening weekend, that translates to 561,098 eager DBZ fans who flocked to the cinemas. The movie also marks the first film to be shown in digital IMAX in Japan.
Speaking with Toei, the compadbz charactersny behind the movie, they’re expecting to movie to go on and make ¥3 billion, that’s a lot of DBZ fans however it’s entirely possible this will happen with this opening weekend completely eclipsing the figure the last two One Piece movies took in.
Word on the street is that the movie itself is actually quite good although some viewers have been heard reporting that there’s quite a lot of comedy and not so many of the over the top fight sequences that the series is revered for. But one thing that everyone agreed on was that the movie looked gorgeous with both artwork and colour, this is being helped along by the advancements in animation over the past 17 years.