Suzume Anime Film Earns $2.15 Million on Opening Day in the US

Sony's Suzume anime film earns $2.15 million on opening day in the US, projected to earn $5 million in its opening weekend. The film has already set box office records in several countries.

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By Saheel Khirodkar | Apr 16, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime film, Suzume, has earned an impressive $2.15 million at the U.S. box office on its opening day. According to Sony Pictures, the film, which is being shown in 2,170 locations, including IMAX and other premium large formats, is expected to earn a total of $5 million during its opening weekend. This projection is based on the film’s performance on Friday, where it ranked at #4 on Box Office Mojo’s list.

Successful Previews and Openings Worldwide

Suzume had already generated excitement among fans when it earned $680,000 from preview screenings at 2,028 theaters on Thursday. In addition to North America, the film opened worldwide on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, except for Asia, and has already topped many countries’ box office charts. The film is currently the highest-selling Japanese anime in China and has sold more tickets in South Korea than any other Japanese film.

The film has surpassed the 14.23 billion yen lifetime Japanese box office earnings of Shinkai’s previous film, Weathering With You, and has earned a cumulative total of 14,310,602,380 yen (about US$109 million) as of March 26. As a result, Suzume has become the 14th highest-earning film of all time in Japan, as well as the eighth highest-earning anime film of all time in Japan.

A Story of Adventure and Friendship

Suzume tells the story of Suzume Iwato, voiced by actress Nanoka Hara, and her journey with Sōta Munakata, a young man voiced by Hokuto Matsumura, who is embarking on his first voice acting role. The two set out on an adventure as the “Door-Closing Master” and must overcome challenges to save the world from a mysterious threat. The film’s animation director is Kenichi Tsuchiya, who has previously worked on your name. and Garden of Words.

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Shinkai’s Vision and Collaborations

Shinkai, the film’s director and screenwriter, is credited with the original story, and Masayoshi Tanaka, who worked on your name. and Weathering With You, designed the characters. Takumi Tanji, the art director, and CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc., the movie’s producers, also worked on previous Shinkai projects. TOHO is distributing the film, and Hollywood film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, who has worked on Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and RWBY: Ice Queendom, scored the film alongside RADWIMPS. TikTok performer Toaka performed one of the film’s theme songs, “Suzume.”

Final Thoughts

Suzume’s impressive box office performance on its opening day in the U.S. is a testament to Makoto Shinkai’s ability to create stories that resonate with audiences worldwide. The film’s projection for a $5 million opening weekend reflects the anticipation and excitement surrounding this highly anticipated anime feature.

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