Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name is off to a strong start in the United States, where it opened yesterday.

On Friday, its first day of U.S. release, the film grossed $627,208 from 292 theaters for an impressive $2,148 per-theater average. That’s higher than the per-theater for any film in the top 10, and is the third-highest for any film that reported its box office yesterday, trailing only Gifted and Their Finest, both of which played in far fewer theaters.

Your Name is being distributed in the States by Funimation, a company with a long history of distributing anime on home video that has more recently begun expanding into theatrical. The company scored a major hit in 2015 when it launched Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F with $4 million in its first three days, finishing with a gross of $8 million.

Shinkai’s Your Name entered U.S. theaters ready to capitalize on built-up excitement after its huge run in Japan last year, where it was No. 1 for 12 weeks, not to mention nearly-perfect reviews from American film critics. After a powerful run in China, the film unseated Spirited Away as the highest-grossing anime film of all-time with over $328 million worldwide gross.

Funimation has released the film stateside both in its original Japanese language with subtitles and in an English dub (trailer below). For a theater locator, visit the Funimation web site.

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.

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