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
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.