Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, 72-year-old director Hayao Miyazaki' latest anime film was released in Japan on July 20. The film earned 960,880,000 yen (about US$9,647,389) and sold 747,400 tickets on 454 screens in the first weekend and recorded the highest weekend box office in 2013 so far. However, the result was 93.65% of Miyazaki's previous film Ponyo in 2008, which earned 1,025,961,855 yen in the first Saturday and Sunday, and 64.75% of Howl's Moving Castle in 2004, which earned 1,483,843,060 yen (144% of Ponyo).
I saw the film in my nearest theater on Saturday. Considering its adult-oriented story, the result is understandable. It's not a kids movie like My Neighbor Totoro or Ponyo at all. Still, the film distributor Toho expects The Wind Rises will be well-positioned for a final gross of at least 10 billion yen.