Before Suzumez, Shinkai was already one of Japan’s top box office draws and he has only solidified that position with his latest outing. The film premiered in Japan last year with the strongest opening in the blockbuster director’s career, surpassing the debuts of Weathering with You and Your Name. Still in theaters, Suzume has grossed $105 million in its native territory.
Suzume now boasts the largest Chinese debut for a Shinkai title as well. In 2016, Your Name debuted with $41.3 million on its way to an $83.7 million total and in 2019, Weathering With You opened with $22 million, eventually grossing $40.8 million.
Ahead Suzume’s major western debuts, the film was selected to screen in the main competition at February’s Berlin Film Festival. English-language dubbed and subtitled versions will hit theaters in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland on April 14. Its U.S. distribution is being handled exclusively by Crunchyroll.