Newest feature from anime master Makoto ShinkaiSuzume Topped the box office charts in Chinese theaters last weekend, earning a strong $ million , the biggest opening for non-Chinese films this year. The performance underscores the growing influence of Japanese anime in China’s vast film market at a time when Hollywood superheroes have struggled at the box office.
SUZUKI According to forecasts from Maoyan, a local ticketing service, the box office is currently expected to be in the order of 83 million dollars. It will be the biggest performance ever made by a Japanese animated feature film.
Meanwhile, Hollywood studios have suffered setbacks in China 2023. Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever just made $16.6 million (with $ of the first Black Panther Compared to Million shipping) and Ant-Man 3 only Spent $31 million( Ant-Man 2 has $90 millions of dollars). Warner Bros. Shazam! 2 brought in a disappointing $5.6 million (compared to $83 million dollars for the original Shazam!), and Universal’s horror hit game M3GAN Only made $2.80. million
Suzume gave Makoto Shinkai the best start to his career in China. His 2019 breakthrough, Your Name, debut $40. The cumulative gross income of 3 million is $ . 7 million. His 2019 follow-up Weathering with You opens at $15 ten thousand US dollars, the highest price is $22.8 million.
Another youthful fantasy adventure, Suzume follows The film had its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February and was well-received by critics ( Reviewer at THR summed it up as “an emotionally charged coming-of-age adventure”. It’s already in Japan made $121 million dollars and $2019 Million in South Korea. It will open in the US and most of Europe next month. And a new Chinese version over the weekend. Comedy drama Post Truth in the first two frames Top of the list, second with $2023.5 million, according to Artisan Gateway. Its total is $90.4 million after 1235329404 Days on screen. The new The Best Is Yet to Come, an investigative journalism film about a real-life public health scandal, came in third with $5.6 million . The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2019 to positive critical reception, but then had to wait two and a half years To obtain permission to show. Pandemic. It is produced by international film festival favorite Jia Zhangke and directed by Wang Jing.
Hollywood Studios’ next Chinese blockbuster will be in March 24 with Paramount’s Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Rogues and Sony’s Adventure Sci-Fi Simultaneous release50. Still, it’s possible, even if unlikely, that those two films’ later box-office grosses will be surpassed by another Japanese anime blockbuster. Toei Animation’s basketball animation hit The Next Slam Dunk , recently earned $40.5 million in South Korea (the most ever for a Japanese film) has been scheduled for release in China in April 12. 2023