This exceeds the $119 million recorded by “The Wind Rises” (2013), the last feature by retired animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki and makes the 43-year-old Shinkai most promising animation box office successor. Miyazaki’s 2001 “Spirited Away” holds the all-time Japanese box office record.
Last week’s number two, Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” and number three, the local animation “A Silent Voice,” both retained their ranks. Playing on 120 screens with Shochiku distributing, “Voice” drove its cumulative total past the $10 million mark after only 12 days on release.
Highest ranking among the new releases, at number four, was Hitoshi One’s comedy “Scoop!” Set in the