The Box Office Mojo website reported on Sunday that Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You anime film has earned an estimated US$2,007,523 from Friday to Monday (including the estimated US$276,151 gross for Monday) in 486 theaters, and has earned an estimated total of US$5,053,773 in its first six days.
The film ranked at #2 in its first two days on Wednesday and Thursday, but fell to #12 on Friday, and to #14 on Saturday and Sunday. Box Office Mojo projected that the film will rank #15 on Monday and #14 for the extended January 17-20 holiday weekend. It has an estimated per-screen average of US$4,130 for the extended weekend, the fourth highest among films now playing.
Weathering With You became the highest-grossing release from the distributor GKIDS after its first two days in event screenings, topping Mary and The Witch's Flower's US$2,418,404.
Fathom Events screened the film in theaters in the United States on Wednesday and Thursday. The screenings were a "Special Fan Preview" with exclusive bonus content before GKIDS opened the film in North America on Friday. The screenings starting on Friday have both English-subtitled screenings and English-dubbed screenings.
GKIDS describes the story:The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strongwilled girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky...
Weathering With You opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan last July, and is now the #7 highest-earning domestic film of all time in Japan and was the highest-grossing film in Japan in 2019. The film has earned 14.02 billion yen (about US$129 million) in Japan as of December 8.
The anime won the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles in October, and also won the Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia on November 21. The film received a nomination in the Best Animated Independent Feature category for the 47th Annual Annie Awards. The Annie Awards ceremony will be held on January 25.
The film was submitted for consideration for both the Animated Feature Film category and the Best International Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards, but did not receive a nomination in either category. The film is also nominated for Animation of the Year for the Japan Academy Film Prize Association's 43rd annual awards this year.
Update: The final weekend earnings for the film amounted to US$2,233,722, which exceeds Box Office Mojo's US$2,007,523 estimate. It also ranked at #13 for the extended January 17-20 holiday weekend, one rank higher than Box Office Mojo's estimate.
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Sources: Box Office Mojo, IndieWire (Tom Brueggeman), The Numbers