Chinese filmgoers drove Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name to a record-breaking debut weekend of $41 million.
Your Name’s big China numbers shattered a few records for the Comix Wave-produced film, which is already a smash-hit in its native Japan where it recently became the second-highest-grossing Japanese-produced feature of all-time, behind only Spirited Away. First, it’s the biggest-debut ever posted by an anime title in China, edging out the $38.5 million launch of Stand by Me Doraemon in 2015. Second, it’s the biggest launch for a hand-drawn animated film in China, breaking the $34.2 million opening weekend of the locally-produced mostly-drawn Big Fish & Begonia, which also opened this year.
Meanwhile, Disney’s Moana slipped 55% in its second Chinese frame, picking up $5.8 million. The film has earned just $21.8m to date in China. By contrast, Zootopia launched in China with $23.6m, followed by an amazing $59.4m second weekend, and ultimately earning $235.6m.