For 15 years, spirited away has remained the quintessential anime film for Westerners, Studio Ghibli’s fantasy adventure quickly becoming the highest grossing anime film ever.
However, thanks to a record-breaking run in Japan, a new film has dethroned Spirited Away – Kimi no Na wa, better known as Your Name.
Following the film’s global release, the Makoto Shinkai directed flick has grossed over $331 million at the international box office, beating Spirited Away’s total $289 million.
The majority of tickets have been sold in Japan, where the film is currently the third-highest grossing film of all time having made $192.5 million.
In the UK, Your Name did surprisingly well: on the film’s first-day of wider release (at 104 screens) the film grossed £108,372, breaking the record for single day gross for an anime film. The film has grossed £383,543 in the UK to date.
Your Name follows the story of high schoolers Taki and Itomori, from Tokyo and a rural town respectively, who switch bodies in a Freaky Friday-type story. However, things go South as an apocalyptic event beckons.