Film sold 1.33 million tickets in 1st 3 days, becomes Shinkai's strongest 3-day opening

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) movie sold 1.33 million tickets and grossed 1.88 billion yen (about US$13.49 million) in its first three days. The film sold 38.7% more tickets and grossed 47.4% more than the critically acclaimed Shinkai. film, which grossed 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million at the time) in its first three days. It also sold 14.8% more tickets and earned 14.4% more than the previous Shinkai film Weathering With You, marking the strongest three-day opening of Shinkai films.

The film opened in Japan last Friday and topped the box office.

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Wild Bunch International will release the film worldwide except Asia in early 2023. Crunchyroll will handle distribution in North America, while Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment will handle distribution in Latin America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe. Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Wild Bunch International will release the film in French and German-speaking Europe.

On the other side of the door was time in its entirety—

17-year-old Suzume's journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she encounters a young man who tells her, "I'm looking for a door." What Suzume finds is a single worn door standing in the middle of ruins, as if it were protected from any catastrophe. Seemingly hypnotized by her power, Suzume reaches for the handle…

The stars

The sunset

the morning sky

Within that realm, it was as if all time had melted into the sky—

Drawn to this mysterious door, Suzume's journey is about to begin.

Shinkai stated that three important points about the film are that it is a road movie across Japan, a story about "closing doors" rather than opening them, and a reason to visit the cinema. He elaborated that closing doors could refer to tying up loose ends or finishing something.

Actress Nanoka Hara voices heroine Suzume Iwato in the film. SixTONES idol group member Hokuto Matsumura (live-action Liar × Liar film's Tōru, live-action xxxHOLiC film's Shizuka Doumeki) made his voice acting debut in the film as Sōta Munakata, a young man who embarks on a journey with Suzume as the "door -Closing Master.”

Shinkai (his real name, Weathering With You) directed the film and wrote the screenplay. He is also credited with the original story. Masayoshi Tanaka (his real name, Weathering With You) designed the characters. Kenichi Tsuchiya (his name., Garden of Words) was the animation director. Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices) was the art director. CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc. produced the film. TOHO is distributing the film. RADWIMPS scored the film. Seattle-based Hollywood film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, RWBY: Ice Queendom) scored the film alongside RADWIMPS. TikTok artist Toaka sang one of the film's theme songs "Suzume".

Shinkai also wrote a novelization of the film which was released on August 24. Denki Amashima launched a manga adaptation of the film in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine on October 25.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web