According to box office tracker Kogyo Tsushin, One Piece Film: Red has achieved the status of the 7th highest-grossing film in Japanese cinema, surpassing Princess Mononoke. As of November 12, 2023, the film has accumulated a total of 20.27 billion yen (US$133.6 million), surpassing Princess Mononoke’s 20.18 billion yen ($133 million). Although the film initially concluded its box office run just below the 20 billion mark on January 29, 2023, with 19.7 billion yen, subsequent re-screenings have propelled it to challenge Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which currently holds the 6th position with 20.3 billion yen.
One Piece Film: Red Beats Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke on All-Time Box Office List
Among the current releases, only two films have made it to Kogyo’s top 100 all-time list: Top Gun: Maverick at 20th place with 13.74 billion yen and another Studio Ghibli creation, The Boy and the Heron, at 73rd with 8.54 billion yen. The Boy and the Heron is expected to climb rapidly as it continues its international release, with its North American debut scheduled for December 8, 2023, featuring an English dub cast including Robert Pattinson, Christian Bale, Florence Pugh, and others.
The complete Japanese top 10 all-time box office list is as follows: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, Spirited Away, Titanic, Frozen, Your Name, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, One Piece Film: Red, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Bayside Shakedown 2.
Directed by Goro Taniguchi and with a screenplay by Tsutomu Kuroiwa, One Piece Film: Red received critical acclaim upon its release in Japan on August 6, 2022. The film adopted an unconventional approach with its musical-heavy theme and the mysterious introduction of the lead character, Uta. Despite its musical strengths, a review by CBR characterizes the movie as a “mixed bag,” noting oversaturated pop music and blinding lights. Crunchyroll currently streams One Piece Film: Red, which follows the story of Uta, a renowned singer known for concealing her identity, and her revelation as the daughter of the enigmatic Shanks during a live concert watched closely by the Navy and eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide.
In conclusion, the achievement of One Piece Film: Red surpassing Studio Ghibli’s iconic Princess Mononoke at the box office marks a significant milestone in the world of anime films. The success underscores the enduring popularity and widespread appeal of the One Piece franchise, showcasing its ability to captivate audiences globally. As the film continues to make waves, it solidifies One Piece’s position as a powerhouse in the anime industry, leaving an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape.
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