The brand new film of Makoto Shinkai opened on 19 July and it has earned a total of 13 billion yen. This new film’s name is Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko), and as of Tuesday, it has sold over 10 million tickets in Japan after 75 days in the Japanese box office. This is Shinkai’s second film to reach this milestone, after 2016’s Your Name. It has earned a total of 13,291,927,400 yen (about US$120 million) as of Sunday.
This film opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan on July 19. The film sold 1,159,020 tickets for 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) in its first three days in 358 theaters. Moreover, it ranked #1 in its opening weekend. Furthermore, it is currently the #7 highest-earning domestic film of all time in Japan and the highest-grossing film in Japan this year. The last Japanese film that earns over 10 billion yen was also Shinkai’s previous film “Your Name”, three years ago.
Also, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) hosted the North American premiere of Weathering With You as a part of its Special Presentations category, with screenings on 8, 10, and 14 September. Japan has submitted the film for the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards. GKIDS has licensed them for North America and will give the film an “awards qualifying” theatrical run this year before a wider screening with subtitles and an English dub in early 2020. GKIDS describes the film:
“In the summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strongwilled girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…”