Shinkai’s “Your Name.” Dominates Korea’s Box Office in Its Debut Weekend


Following the historic success in its home country, Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi no Na wa./Your Name. was released on 555 screens (the widest release for a Japanese film) in Korea on January 4, and earned 1,032,712,400 won (100 million yen) on 138,028 admissions in its first weekend, becoming the most successful film of the week.

 

It was the first time in 13 years for a Japanese film to take the top place in the weekly box office in Korea since Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle in 2004. And it was also the 6th time for the film to become the weekly No.1 in the Asian regions, following Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. It is scheduled to be screened in a total of 125 countries/regions in the world.  

 

 

Makoto Shinkai at a theater in Soul, Korea

 

 

 

Korean poster

 


 

Distributor Toho has also confirmed that Your Name. has made a gigantic 22,491,589,800 yen from the

17,350,485 ticket sales in Japan in 133 days since its release on August 26, 2016. In the latest weekend

box office of December 31-January 1, it still ranked 3rd. If the momentum keeps up for more weeks, it

may be possible to surpass Disney’s Frozen (Anna and The Snow Queen in Japan), the third top-grossing

film of all-time at the Japanese box office that earned 25.48 billion yen in 2014.

 

      

All-Time Box Office Top 10 in Japan (Japanese & foreign films combined):

 

 1. “Spirited Away” (2001/30.8 billion yen)

 2. “Titanic” (1998/26.2 billion)

 3. “Frozen” (2014/25.48 billion)

 4. “Your Name.” (2016/22.4 billion)

 5. “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001/20.3 billion)

 6. “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004/19.6 billion)

 7. “Princess Mononoke” (1997/19.3 billion)

 8. “Bayside Shakedown 2” (2003/17.35 billion)

 9. “Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets” (2002/17.3 billion)

 10. “Avator” (2010/15.6 billion)

    

 

Source: Animate Times

 



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