Opening Box-Office Weekend for Anime Film ‘Suzume’ Marks Creator Makoto Shinkai’s Personal Best

If there’s one thing that Makoto Shinkai is known for, it’s for producing some of the prettiest anime films out there: “Your Name,” “Weathering with You,” and “Garden of Words” being his most iconic ones in the world of Japanese animation.

Now, Shinkai has returned with another beautifully animated film titled, “Suzume No Tojimari,” which has amassed 1.88 billion yen ($13.49 million USD) during its 3-day opening weekend. The newly released film smashed the previous box-office hits “Your Name” by 47% and “Weathering With You” by 15%, marking the strongest box-office opening of Shinkai’s career.

Written and directed by Shinkai, “Suzume No Tojimari” is a modern sci-fi fantasy that follows a 17-year-old heroine named Suzume in the quiet town of Kyushu. After crossing paths with a stranger named Sōta in search of a secret door, Suzume stumbles upon a mysterious, weathered door standing upright in the midst of crumbling ruins. Mesmerized by its powerful aura, the girl opens it to discover the door is a magical portal. Soon after, multiple ‘Doors of Disaster’ start to appear all across Japan, unleashing large-scale environmental destruction within each vicinity. In a desperate quest to save the country, it’s up to Suzume and Sōta to close all the portals before it’s too late.

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Wild Bunch International will release the film early next year throughout the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, and portions of Europe, including France and Germany.  

Until then, check out the trailer for “Suzume No Tojimari” down below!