If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron the #1 film in US & Canada movie theaters - and his English-language debut ever

The Boy and the Heron is bigger in the US than Spirited Away or Totoro!

The Boy and the Heron
Image credit: Studio Ghibli

People are flocking to Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron, according to North American box office receipts.

The Hollywood Reporter says that as of Sunday, the feature-length anime has raked in $12.8 million USD across the United States in Canada - making it the #1 movie in North America, and the biggest opening weekend for the writer/director ever in US/Canada.

That's a first for Miyazaki and his company, Studio Ghibli - however that's tempered by a relatively tepid December 2023 release schedule, and also heavier competition for Miyazaki's previous films.

That being said, $12.8 million USD is already double what his previous film, the Wind Rises, earned in its entire North American theatrical run.

The Boy and the Heron is in theaters now. Buy tickets on Fandango or Atom Tickets.

Confused by that ending? Popverse's Graeme McMillan delves into the Boy and the Heron's ending.

Follow Popverse for upcoming event coverage and news

Let Popverse be your tour guide through the wilderness of pop culture

Sign in and let us help you find your new favorite thing.

Related topics
About the Author
Chris Arrant avatar

Chris Arrant


Chris Arrant is the Popverse's Editor-in-Chief. He has written about pop culture for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, Newsarama, CBR, and more. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. (He/him)