The Hollywood Reporter – bible of all film related news – revealed today that the Japanese animated film Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) has just become the second highest grossing Japanese film ever, earning the equivalent of $197.5 million at the Japanese box office in a fifteen week run.  Surpassing the previous holder of the title – Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle – the film about two school kids, a boy from the town and a girl from the country, who have never met but are brought together through their dreams, is now second only to Miyazaki’s Oscar winning animated fantasy Spirited Away.

 

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The film, which its makers are hoping will be in the running for next year’s Oscar animation award, has spent twelve weeks at No. 1 and three at No. 2 at the Japanese box office, being knocked from its top spot by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  With it still to open in a number of countries worldwide the film, which is already being referred to as a ‘classic’, looks set to easily outstrip Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which made the equivalent of $200 million in Japan in 2001.

 

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