Suzume Earns 4.15 Billion Yen, Remains At Top of Japan Weekend Ranking


Makoto Shinkai‘s latest film Suzume has made over 4.154 billion yen (~US$29.23 million) at the Japanese box office, Kogyo Tsushin reported. 

The movie earned 1.147 billion yen (~US$8.07 million) in its second weekend (November 19 to 20), securing the top spot in the weekend ranking for the second time in a row in the process. Kogyo Tsushin reported that 829,000 moviegoers flocked to catch the supernatural adventure film during those two days, while the total moviegoer count sits at over 2.99 million so far.

Elsewhere on the weekend box office ranking, the highly successful One Piece Film Red fell slightly from third place to fourth, while Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night remained at sixth. One Piece Film Red has thus far earned 18.39 billion yen (~US$129 million) overall.


Suzume premiered in Japan on November 11 and will be released internationally (sans Asia) in early 2023. Crunchyroll describes it as:

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.

Shinkai directed, wrote, and created the film. Other staff include Masayoshi Tanaka (Weathering With You and Your Name co-character designer, Her Blue Sky) as character designer, Kenichi Tsuchiya (Flavors of Youth “Love in Shanghai” character designerYour Name) as animation director, Takumi Tanji (Your Name co-art director, Children Who Chase Lost Voices) as art director, and RADWIMPS (Your Name, Weathering With You) and Kazuma Jinnouchi (Ultraman and Ghost In The Shell SAC_2045 co-composer) as music composers. CoMix Wave Films is the animation production company.

Meanwhile, the cast includes Nanoka Hara as Suzume Iwato, Hokuto Matsumura as Sota, Eri Fukatsu as Tamaki Iwato, Shouta Sometani as Minoru Okabe, Sairi Ito as Rumi Ninomiya, Kotone Hanase as Chika Amabe, Kana Hanazawa as Tsubame Iwato, and Hakuo Matsumoto as Sota’s grandfather.

Source: Kogyo Tsushin

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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