It seems that Chinese movie-goers are loving Japanese animated movies. “Suzume,” a Japanese animated fantasy adventure film, is number one at China’s box office. It has grossed almost $50 million in its opening weekend, entertainment news outlet Variety reported, citing data from consultancy Artisan Gateway. 

“Suzume’s” plot revolves around a supernatural creature, a worm that causes earthquakes based on the mythological catfish Namazu. Now, it is up to the teenage girl Suzume and aspiring teacher Sōta, who turned into her favorite chair, to chase the cat, Daijin, all over Japan. Apparently, doors are opening at Daijin’s every stop. 

Also number 1 in South Korea

Aside from China, where it earned $49.6 million, “Suzume” is also performing incredibly well in other nations where it is being screened. In its third weekend in South Korea, the film earned $6.06 million. It also became the third highest-grossing movie of the year to date in the East Asian country and the second-highest-grossing film that opened in 2023. It also landed at the top spot at South Korea’s box office. 

Moreover, the film has sold over two million tickets outside Japan. So far, “Suzume” is ranked number one in every country outside Japan on its first screening day. But there is more to come. The movie will still screen in 199 countries and territories across the globe. 

Actress Nanoka Hara is the voice behind the titular heroine, Suzume, in the movie. Meanwhile, SixTONES idol group member Hokuto Matsumura makes his voice acting debut here in the film, portraying Sōta Munakata, a young man to embarks on a journey with Suzume as the “Door-Closing Master.”

To be screened worldwide

Beginning this April 12th, “Suzume” will be screened worldwide except in Asia, thanks to Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom. 

Crunchyroll will be in charge of its North American distribution. At the same time, Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment will handle distribution in South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, and some parts of Europe. 

Also, Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will release the film in French- and German-speaking Europe. 

Shinkai directed “Suzume” and wrote its screenplay. This director, who previously worked with “Your Name” and “Weathering With You,” is also credited for the original story. Masayoshi Tanaka designed the characters. Tanaka also previously worked with “Your Name” and “Weathering With You.” 

Meanwhile, it also involves “Your Name” and “Garden of Words” animation director Kenichi Tsuchiya, as well as “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” art director Takumi Tanji. 

Seattle-based Hollywood movie composer Kazuma Jinnouchi scored the film together with RADWIMPS. TikToker Toaka performed one of the film’s theme songs, “Suzume.”

Producing “Suzume” are CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc. Distributing the movie is TOHO. 

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