'Your Name' Now Second-Highest-Grossing Japanese Film, Passing 'Howl's Moving Castle'
The anime hit about body-swapping teenagers opened at No. 1 in China over the weekend and could become the biggest Japanese film of all time at the global box office.
Makoto Shinkai's anime smash Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) has become the second-biggest-grossing Japanese film of all time, overtaking Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle with a ￥19.95 billion ($197.5 million) 15-week run.
Your Name passed Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke (1997) last weekend, and is still going strong at the local box office, spending 12 weeks at No. 1 and three weeks at No. 2. It was in second place again this weekend, behind Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Miyazaki's Oscar-winner Spirited Away is the highest-grossing film ever in Japan, domestic or imported, having pulled in around 30.4 billion yen ($300 million) in 2001. While Your Name may not reach that domestically, a strong overseas run could push it past Miyazaki's classic in total worldwide earnings. Its $41 million opening in China over the weekend comfortably bested the bow of fellow anime Stand by Me Doraemon in 2015, which finished with around $100 million.
Much of Spirited Away's global earnings came after its Oscar triumph in 2002. Your Name is currently on a limited release in the U.S. to qualify it for consideration for next year's best animation Oscar. Even if it doesn't get an Oscar nomination, a big run in China (which wasn't a significant market when Spirited Away was released), along with other territories, could still make Your Name the biggest Japanese film of all time worldwide.
Your Name is now the fifth-highest box-office earner ever in Japan, imported or domestic, and is on pace to pass Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which raked in 20.4 billion yen ($200 million) in 2001, before the end of the year.
(Dollar-to-yen values calculated at $1 = ￥101, the rate when Your Name was released.)