Suzume’s earnings have concluded in its impressive theatrical run in Japan – Here’s how much it earned

Unveiling the Japan's Cinematic Marvel's impressive Box Office Triumph Suzume's earnings after concluding theatrical run

Suzume no Tojimari, the newest work of art by Makoto Shinkai, has captivated the anime community with its breathtaking beauty and enchanting supernatural storyline. Only the genius of Makoto sensei could have brought together such a unique blend of artistry and mystique. The film concluded its theatrical run in Japan this past Saturday, and in this article, we will explore Suzume’s earnings and the staggering success it has amassed during its time in cinemas.

What is Suzume no Tojimari about?

  • Suzume, a typical high school girl residing with her aunt in southern Japan, encounters Souta, a young man searching for ancient remains in the vicinity. Intrigued, she decides to trail him and stumbles upon a solitary door amidst the ruins of a hot springs resort.

To her astonishment, upon opening the door, she is transported to an alternate world teeming with eerie and calamitous entities, desperate to break free. However, even as the door shuts, the situation worsens. Souta undergoes a transformation, turned into a chair by a talking cat named Daijin. Consequently, it falls upon Suzume to embark on a journey across Japan, shutting doors and averting disasters while pursuing Daijin to restore Souta’s original form.

How much are Suzume’s earnings during its theatrical run?

Unveiling the Japan's Cinematic Marvel's impressive Box Office Triumph Suzume's earnings after concluding theatrical run
Suzume no Tojimari | Image courtesy of ComixWave Films
  • Following its conclusion in Japanese theatres on Saturday, Suzume no Tojimari achieved remarkable success, accumulating an estimated final box office revenue of 14.79 billion yen (equivalent to approximately $105.3 million USD) and selling 11.15 million tickets.
  • Impressively, the film has surpassed the lifetime Japanese box office earnings of Makoto Shinkai’s previous work, Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko), which amounted to 14.23 billion yen (around $101 million USD in current conversion). As a result, Suzume no Tojimari now holds the prestigious title of being the 14th highest-grossing film in Japan and the eighth highest-grossing anime film in Japan.

During its 29th and final weekend, the film experienced a resurgence in popularity, climbing back up to the eighth position on the Top 10 Chart.

Suzume no Tojimari made its debut in Japan on November 11, 2022, claiming the top spot at the box office. It later premiered in North America on April 14, with Crunchyroll presenting screenings featuring Japanese audio with English subtitles, as well as an English dubbed version. The film achieved an impressive opening weekend box office revenue of $5,001,705 in the United States and has since surpassed $10 million as of May 5.

The film achieved remarkable success on its opening day in various countries, often claiming the number-one spot on their respective box office charts. Additionally, Suzume no Tojimari has become the highest-selling Japanese anime in China and has outperformed all other Japanese films in terms of ticket sales in South Korea.

Why is Suzume no Tojimari so good?

Unveiling the Japan's Cinematic Marvel's impressive Box Office Triumph Suzume's earnings after concluding theatrical run
Suzume no Tojimari | Image courtesy of ComixWave Films

Fantastic Plot

  1. Suzume no Tojimari is fundamentally about a girl’s profound journey to confront her deeply rooted trauma, which is shared by a significant portion of Japan. Suzume, a survivor of the devastating 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, carries the weight of her mother’s loss while attempting to maintain a facade of normalcy and happiness.
  2. She guards herself against emotional vulnerability, keeping others at arm’s length, including her friends and even her aunt, with whom she has lived for ten years. This self-imposed emotional distance shields her from the pain she experienced upon losing her mother but simultaneously prevents her from truly healing.

However, amidst the film’s exploration of this emotional anguish, it presents an optimistic narrative. Throughout Suzume’s journey, she repeatedly encounters the kindness of strangers who willingly open their homes and hearts to her, despite being complete strangers themselves. Simultaneously, her bond with the transformed Souta, who relies on her to navigate their way, grows stronger.

Their shared fight against supernatural forces unknown to others fosters a connection unlike any she has experienced since her mother’s death. As they continue traveling together, Suzume becomes increasingly reluctant to let go of Souta. However, it becomes evident that being detached from his own body is detrimental to his well-being. Eventually, Suzume must confront the prospect of loss once again, both with regard to her mother and potentially Souta.

Makoto Shinkai’s Signature Structure

Suzume no Tojimari follows a three-act structure, similar to writer-director Makoto Shinkai’s previous films, your name. and Weathering With You. The first act introduces supernatural elements and incorporates lighthearted comedy. In the second act, the story takes a more serious turn as a significant threat is unveiled and seemingly resolved. The third and final act delves into the aftermath and revelations of the second act, with the protagonist fighting to regain what has been lost.

While this familiar structure provides a film filled with twists and turns, it also renders it somewhat predictable. If viewers are familiar with Your Name. and Weathering With You, they can anticipate the general direction of Suzume no Tojimari, even if the plot specifics differ. Consequently, the emotional impact of the film is somewhat diluted, which is unfortunate since evoking emotions is an integral aspect of the film’s essence.

Nevertheless, Suzume no Tojimari deviates significantly from Shinkai’s previous works by introducing a tangible antagonist in the form of Daijin, a talking cat. Although Daijin is a feline creature, the fact that it can be communicated with and confronted adds an additional layer of depth to the story. Questions surrounding Daijin’s identity, its obsession with Suzume, its transformation of Souta, and its relentless pursuit of different doors across the country provide a concrete focus to the plot. Daijin serves as a goal, an antagonist, and a mystery all in one, propelling the narrative forward whenever it threatens to stagnate.

Stunning Animation and Visuals

The visual aspects of Suzume no Tojimari showcase brilliant use of light and color, particularly in the alternate world beyond the door, where sunlight and a star-filled sky coexist paradoxically. Overall, the film’s visuals are as stunning as expected from a Makoto Shinkai production, with one notable exception.

In wide shots, the eldritch entity encountered by Suzume in Tokyo appears noticeably artificial, like a poorly blended, low-quality CGI effect over otherwise exceptional animation. This jarring contrast detracts from what should be a crucial and emotionally charged moment in the film. Fortunately, this misstep remains an isolated visual flaw in an otherwise visually captivating work.

Soothing Music

The film’s music lives up to the expectations set by Shinkai’s previous works. Once again, the majority of the soundtrack is composed by the band RADWIMPS, albeit with a more haunting and mystical tone compared to their signature alternative rock style.

This is particularly evident in the recurring song “Suzume,” characterized by strings, piano, percussion, and the ethereal vocals of guest singer Toka, enhanced by a backup choir acting as an additional instrument. The song becomes an unforgettable earworm that perfectly aligns with the otherworldly atmosphere of the film.


In conclusion, Suzume no Tojimari is a remarkable movie. It presents compelling characters and expertly navigates the delicate balance between laughter and tears. Thematically, it delves into the acceptance of loss and the importance of allowing others into one’s life.

The visuals are breathtaking, complemented by a fitting musical score. However, the film’s close adherence to the narrative structure of its famous predecessors, Your Name. and Weathering With You makes it somewhat predictable. Nevertheless, the film’s whirlwind of spectacle and emotion makes it difficult not to be swept away by its impact.

Excited about the movie and can’t seem to wait for the Blu-Ray release? Check out our piece on Suzume’s Blu-Ray release date!

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