Belle Movie Celebrates Top Summer Spot With New Video

The Mamoru Hosoda-directed movie Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, or The Dragon and the Freckled Princess) has released a new video to celebrate its current number one spot in Japan during this summer season.

Kogyo Tsushinsha reported on August 2 that the film had earned 365 million yen (~US$3,327,924) over the weekend. Kogyo Tsushinsha’s rankings for the weekend listed Belle in first place, ahead of movies like Crayon Shin-chan: Shrouded in Mystery! The Flowers of Tenkasu Academy, the live-action Tokyo Revengers movie, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, and Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity – Grand Temple of Time: Solomon.

Kogyo Tsushinsha also reported that Belle had maintained the top spot for three consecutive weeks. 

Belle opened in Japan on July 16 and amassed more than 890 million yen (~US$8.09 million) within its first three days. It premiered in France’s Cannes Film Festival as part of the Cannes Premiere section on July 15, the first time that a Hosoda-directed film was part of the Official Selection list at the festival. 

Source: Toho Movie YouTube channel

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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