The forecast is sunny for Weathering with You, Makoto Shinkai’s dimension-warping climate parable. The anime feature, which opened domestically last week, has already broken a couple of box office records.
The film launched with preview screenings in 1,019 theaters, grossing $3.04 million on Wednesday and Thursday — a sum that attests to Shinkai’s large fanbase. It added an estimated $1.8 million over the three-day weekend (in 486 theaters), rising to $2.22 million with Martin Luther King Jr. Day included. Its estimated cume for the six days is therefore at $5.27 million. (Note: The numbers in this paragraph have been updated with GKIDS’s final totals.)
This total places Weathering with You ahead of Shinkai’s last offering, Your Name, which grossed $5.02 million in North America over its entire run. The film has also become an all-time top grosser for its distributor GKIDS, whose previous best was Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower ($2.41 million). Not bad for a week’s work.