Miyazaki anime breaks ¥10 billion threshold at box office

Kyodo

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s swan song, “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”), has surpassed ¥10 billion in box-office receipts, the first anime in three years to achieve that threshold, distributor Toho Co. said.

Toho said revenue from last weekend jumped 34.5 percent over the preceding weekend after the 72-year-old Miyazaki announced on Sept. 6 he was retiring.

The ¥10 billion mark was surpassed Wednesday, 54 days after the movie was released July 20.

Toho also reported that about 8.1 million people have seen “Kaze Tachinu.”

The U.S. CGI film “Toy Story 3,” released in 2010, was the most recent animation work to top the ¥10 billion mark in Japan.

Among Japanese films, the milestone was last reached by Miyazaki’s “Gake no ue no Ponyo” in 2008.