Box Office, Hayao Miyazaki and Heron Opens to Record-Breaking $12.8 M

“The Boy and the Heron” directed by Hayao Miyazaki soared to the top of the box office securing a record-breaking $12.8 million in its opening weekend. Premiering initially in Los Angeles and New York on November 22 this achievement marks a significant milestone as the first original anime film to claim the No. 1 spot on the domestic box office chart. Additionally, it stands as Miyazaki’s most substantial opening in North America to date.



Box Office, Hayao Miyazaki and Heron Opens to Record-Breaking $12.8 M


It seems like the box office is experiencing a slower weekend but indie animation distributor GKIDS is celebrating a record-breaking opening of $12.3 million for Studio Ghibli’s “The Boy and the Heron.” This marks the first time an original anime title has debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., potentially becoming Hayao Miyazaki’s highest-grossing movie stateside after its success in Japan, where it earned over $85 million.

While some critics find it less accessible than Miyazaki’s previous works dedicated fans are giving it positive scores with an A- on CinemaScore, 4.5/5 on PostTrak and high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes from both critics (96%) and audiences (91%).

Other films in the top 5 include Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” Toho/Emick Media’s “Godzilla Minus One” Universal/DreamWorks’ “Trolls Band Together,” and Disney’s “Wish.” While “The Hunger Games” prequel is performing well “Godzilla Minus One” and “The Boy and the Heron” mark the first instance of two Japanese films in the U.S. top 5.

Looking ahead, Warner Bros.’ “Wonka” with Timothee Chalamet is set to release receiving positive early reviews and anticipated to open domestically around $40 million. This is part of Warner Bros.’ lineup, including “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” and “The Color Purple” which are expected to boost holiday box office numbers.


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