Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Topping Box Office

Follows last week's big success of Godzilla: Minus One.

Follows last week's big success of Godzilla: Minus One.

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Topping Box Office

Japan has done it again as Hayao Miyazaki’s Anime, The Boy and the Heron, will be topping the box office this weekend.

Following the big success of Godzilla: Minus One, The Boy and the Heron opens this weekend featuring an all-star English-dubbed cast.

Deadline offers the flick will lead all movies this weekend with an anticipated $10.7 million opening after a $5.4 million Friday including Thursday previews of $2.39 million.

Saturday update: Looking like a $12.8M opening, more than expected.

Much like Godzilla: Minus One, both the critics and fans like what they are seeing. The Boy and the Heron currently has a 95% Rotten Tomatoes Score and a 91% Audience Score. The CinemaScore is “A-.”

Regarding the all-star cast, featured actors include:

  • Christian Bale as SHOICHI MAKI
  • Dave Bautista as THE PARAKEET KING
  • Gemma Chan as NATSUKO
  • Willem Dafoe as NOBLE PELICAN
  • Karen Fukuhara as LADY HIMI
  • Mark Hamill as GRANDUNCLE
  • Robert Pattinson as GRAY HERON
  • Florence Pugh as KIRIKO
  • Luca Padovan as MAHITO MAKI
  • Mamoudou Athie, Tony Revolori, and Dan Stevena as THE PARAKEETS
boy heron poster

Hand-drawn, original story

The film is Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years and is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award-winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki’s long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi.

The theme song for the film “Spinning Globe” was penned and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.

Here is the description:

A young boy named Mahito
yearning for his mother
ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.
There, death comes to an end,
and life finds a new beginning.

A semi-autobiographical fantasy
about life, death, and creation,
in tribute to friendship,
from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

Watch the trailer:

THE BOY AND THE HERON | Official Teaser Trailer

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