Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron Breaks Records in American Cinemas for the 1st Time

Hayao Miyazaki finally gets the recognition he deserves

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron Breaks Records in American Cinemas for the 1st Time

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  • Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron has topped US box offices for the first time.
  • It opened at #1 in the US with $12.8 million.
  • Fans are happy to see Miyazaki finally get the appreciation and recognition he deserves.
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Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most prominent Japanese animators cum filmmakers cum manga artists of all time, and all of his projects are the living proof of that. But while the 82-year-old co-founder of Studio Ghibli may have started his career as an animator six decades ago in 1963 and earned international acclamation as a master storyteller, his movies weren’t able to break records in the US up until recently.

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Hayao Miyazaki at the Comic Con (via Flickr)
Hayao Miyazaki at the Comic Con (via Flickr)

And by ‘recently’, we refer to his most recent fantasy adventure anime movie, The Boy and the Heron. This film not only broke records in American cinemas for the first time but also set a whole new level of competition for other animators with its sparkling success!

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Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron Breaks Records In The US

The Boy and the Heron (2023)
The Boy and the Heron (2023)

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Although Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animated films have previously survived at American Cinemas pretty finely, none of them has had such vast success as the recently released The Boy and the Heron.

As per the tweet posted by @DiscussingFilm on X, the movie not only opened at #1 in the United States with a whopping $12.8 million, but it also became the first-ever film from Miyazaki to have broken the record to become #1 at the US box offices.

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The Boy and the Heron features the story of a 12-year-old boy named Mahito, who struggles with life after moving to a new town after the loss of his mother. However, a little later, he encounters a talking heron who informs him that his mother is still alive. Thus, in search of her, he discovers and enters an abandoned tower that takes him to a whole new, different, and magical world.

To put it in a nutshell, the film revolves around the themes of growing up in a world affected by war and loss all the while serving as a semi-autobiographical reflection on life, death, and the actions and consequences of the creation. All in all, Hayao Miyazaki‘s imaginative storytelling skills have been on full display in this movie, making it as interesting as it could be.

Also Read: “It’s tough being a Japanese god today”: Hayao Miyazaki’s Obsession Made His Oscar-Winning Studio Ghibli Movie Possible Despite Risking His American Fanbase

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Fans React To The Boy and the Heron‘s Exceptional Success

A still from The Boy and the Heron (2023)
A still from The Boy and the Heron (2023)

After hearing about the massive success of Hayao Miyazaki’s recent hit and the records The Boy and the Heron broke at American cinemas for the first time, fans have been geared up to praise the animator for such an incredible success of finally being truly recognized and appreciated.

While some, who hadn’t watched the movie before, are now more hyped up about seeing it than ever, others, who have already watched it, pile up to share their honest reviews on the film. Taking to X, here’s what they have to say:

From all these comments, one thing is evident: Hayao Miyazaki is one of the best animators cum filmmakers to ever exist, and people who think otherwise should rethink their decision after watching The Boy and the Heron!

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