The hits keep coming for the latest film from acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai. As of September 8, Weathering With You has grossed 12.1 billion yen on nine million admissions in Japan, making it the highest grossing film of 2019 in the region. It even managed to surpass the huge success of Disney’s live-action Aladdin, which has pulled in 12.09 billion yen since its Japanese opening.
This isn’t just big news for the year; Weathering With You also continues to shake up the all-time records for Japan. Shinkai’s film is now number seven in the all-time Japanese film box office rankings, and it has since moved up to number six in the list of top-grossing anime films of all time. That means it’s already become more successful than Hayao Miyazaki’s 2013 anime film The Wind Rises, which earned 12.02 billion yen during its run.
Here’s what Shinkai had to say about it:
“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the fact that so many people have seen ‘Weathering With You.’ Since the screenings will continue even after the summer vacation is ended, so I would be very happy if the choices and actions of the protagonist boy and girl will become one of your daily topics.”
Weathering With You first opened in Japan on July 19, and it should be interesting to see if it manages to break any more records while it’s still in theaters.