Japanese anime “Spirited Away” dominated the box office over the legendary finale of Toy Story 4.
Japanese anime maker, Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 classic Spirited Away topped the Chinese box office over its opening 3rd-day weekend, grossing more than twice the opening of Disney’s Toy Story 4.
Both of the movies are still running strong even after the straight clash.
Japanese animation Spirited Away has ruled the box office, making greater than two times up to Disney’s Toy Tale four. The Studio Ghibli movie grossed 1,91,22,41,800 INR, in step with China’s biggest film ticketing app.
After 18 years from 2001 Spirited Away launched in China and received an overwhelming response.
However, there are no surprises in the overwhelming results for the anime. The Chinese audiences hold the works of Miyazaki in their minds as legendary. As the Chinese audience used to watch it in the pirated version. They now have a chance to watch it in theatres which they used.
Toy Story’s finale significantly made around $13.2m (91,14,27,000 INR) on its opening weekend which is significantly less than the former. Disney expected more because of the bumper response for “Endgame”.
Still, the movie remains Studio Ghibli’s highest grossing movie of all time.
Reasons for “Spirited Away” being on top
- It is the highlight for Ghibli’s studio.
- Around 30% of screens held “Spirited Away”.
- The number of screens was twice that of Toy Story finale.
- China’s taste for foreign movies doesn’t always follow Western trends.
The success of “Spirited” had still no effect on Pixar/Disney as they already had this in mind. Head of the studio John Lasseter is an open fan of studio head Hayao Miyazaki. His team famously paid homage to the anime master in Toy Story 3:
“To let Studio Ghibli know how much they mean to us.”
This is the statement of John/Pixar.
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