Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume Anime Film Cruises to 23rd on All-Time Japanese Box Office Charts

Suzume opens outside of Asia on April 12


Image via Suzume on Twitter


As Suzume heads into its fourth month in Japanese theaters, its last full week in January shows just how much power Makoto Shinaki has with the film continuing in the top five box office. This has caused the movie to jump up one place to 23rd on the all-time charts in Japan.


As of January 29, Suzume has grossed 13.16 billion yen (US$97.00 million) on the back of 9.9 million tickets sold, nearing that 10 million tickets sold milestone. It’s just sitting behind Frozen 2’s 13.37 billion yen on the all-time charts and is still behind JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 on the all-time anime charts in Japan at 10th place.




RELATED: Suzume Anime Film Gets New Story From Shinkai as Fourth Theatrical Gift


Suzume is directed by Makoto Shinkai, who also penned the screenplay for the film alongside Masayoshi Tanaka as the character designer, Kenichi Tsuchiya as the animation director and Takumi Tanji as the art director with animation production at CoMix Wave Films. 


Suzume was released in Japan on November 11 with Crunchyroll teaming up with Sony Pictures and Wild Bunch International to bring the feature to global audiences outside of Asia starting April 12, 2023.



On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—


“Suzume no Tojimari” is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close the doors causing devastation. 


Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.


—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.


Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky…


Never-before-seen scenery, encounters and farewells… A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite all the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon all of our hearts. 


Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin. 


Source: Kogyo Tsushin


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Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.

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