In an amazing turn of events, suzume just blown over Movie One Piece: RedThe record becomes the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all time. All recent One Piece films have enjoyed varying degrees of success, but One Piece Film: Red has quickly surpassed its predecessors in both critical and financial success. The latter was especially great to an unprecedented degree, and when Red completed its theatrical release in March 2023, it became the fourth-highest-grossing animated film — and Japanese films in general — of all. age.
One Piece Film: Red is one of the biggest animated films released in recent years, but its success has just been surpassed by Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume, which has debuted in Japan and will release in the US. on April 14. After the Easter weekend, Suzume’s worldwide gross was over $250 million, allowing it to take Red’s spot as the fourth-highest-grossing animated film of all time. (via Crunchyroll). Considering how successful Shinkai’s recent works have been, it makes sense that Suzume would be such a big hit, and at the same time, its success warrants discussion about how successful it is.
Why Suzume beat One Piece Film: Red’s Box Office
Suzume passing One Piece Film: Red in just 5 months compared to Red’s 8 months is an amazing feat, but it’s really not as surprising as people think. While One Piece is a major anime franchise, Red isn’t entirely beginner-friendly, with many story elements assuming that people will finish watching the Wano part of One Piece instead of just watching the anime. By comparison, Suzume is a completely self-contained story, so it’s much easier for people to watch it than Red, and with its own excellent story, music, and visuals, Suzume could surpass Red as understandable thing.
Another factor to consider is the legacy and prestige that Suzume embodies. Since the huge success of Your Name in 2016, Makoto Shinkai has been one of the most recognizable modern anime directors, so having his name attached to a project would be a good sign that a The animated series will be excellent in terms of plot, music, and visuals. Weathering with You was able to hold on to that idea and become a huge success, so people would naturally assume that Suzume would follow suit, and the fact that it has achieved so much success shows that people is correct to think so.
Can Suzume pass other major anime in the run?
It’s not impressive that Suzume was able to surpass One Piece Film: Red’s box office record, but that raises the question of whether it can surpass the animated films that are still above it. April 2023, Suzume will have a wider international release, so that should help its box office, but the third highest-grossing anime film, Your Name, has now surpassed Suzume around $130 million for a total of about $380 million (via Box Office Mojo), and the second-highest, Spirited Away, trumps it by around $140 million for a total of about $396 million (via Box Office Mojo). Crunchyroll). It’s not impossible for Suzume to match those numbers, but it would be hard to see that happen.
Even less likely, however, is the idea of Suzume surpassing the highest-grossing anime film, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. With a box office total of more than $500 million (via The Numbers), it’s nearly impossible for Mugen Train to surpass all other animated films, and it’s hard to see Suzume being able to nearly double its gross. box office when its theatrical run is likely to be extended. ends around summer. That being said, suzume will still finish the process of passing Movie One Piece: Red by a sizable amount, so even if it doesn’t become the biggest animated movie, it can’t be considered another success.
Look for Makoto Shinkai suzume when it releases on April 14 in theaters!
Source: Crunchyroll, Box Office Mojo, The Numbers