Suzume is one of the most successful anime movies of all time

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Suzume, the latest movie from director Makoto Shinkai, is purring at the box office – making it one of the most successful anime movies of all time.

As per Box Office Report, the anime feature took over $5 million at the US box office in its first few days, nudging its taking towards $260 million worldwide. It’s now the fourth highest-grossing anime movie of all time, pulling clear of One Piece: Red ($246 million).

There could be some way to go, however, for the fantasy adventure to topple the director’s biggest hit Your Name ($382 million), Studio Ghibli’s 2001 masterpiece Spirited Away ($395 million), and surprise COVID-era runaway success Demon Slayer: Mugen Train ($507 million).

We recently spoke to Shinkai about Suzume, the story of a teenage girl who travels throughout Japan to avert disasters.

Speaking on the tragic real-world event – the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami – that influenced his latest work, Shinkai addressed the impact of the incident that "changed [his] life." 

"It changed my mindset and my worldview, and the types of movies I created afterwards," Shinkai said. 

"That anxiety and uncertainty also of living in Japan, side by side with disaster that could happen at any moment, I constantly think about why I, and we, all continue to choose to live in Japan. And this has been a huge theme for myself over the past 10 years that I have been thinking about."

2023, then, continues to be a killer year for anime. Demon Slayer season 3 is currently streaming, while Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 and Attack on Titan The Final Chapters are set to release later this year.

For more, check out the best anime you should be watching right now.

Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.