Makoto Shinkai’s critically acclaimed animated feature, Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) opened in the UK to 104 cinemas screen across the UK and Ireland and grossed £108,372 at the Box Office on Thursday 24th November 2016. This feat has broken the record for a single day gross of an anime film and widest screen release, overtaking Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and When Marnie Was There.
Released by Anime Limited and National Amusements, Your Name played to sold out audiences in more than 26 locations and has grossed to date £138,048 in the UK and Ireland. Screenings took place from the 18th November in a limited number of key cities until 24th November when the film opened to 104 screens nationwide and will continue to see screenings in select cinemas over the coming weeks.
If you would like to see a Your Name screening in your area then check out the website at http://yournamethemovie.co.uk. Alternatively, if a screening is not available to you then you can head over to Ourscreen at http://po.st/YourNameOurScreen where you can secure your own screening in your area and see others that need support.
Andrew Partridge of Anime Ltd commented “I am ecstatic and humbled by the support anime fans have shown for Your Name. Also I am thrilled that UK media who have from Radio 4’s Front Row right through to The Sun shown tremendous love for Makoto Shinkai’s masterpiece and helped in our ultimate aim to break anime out firmly into the mainstream psyche and box office where we think more work is to be done over the coming weeks.”
James Dobbin of National Amusements commented “We are thrilled with last night’s results particularly as the cinema distribution included a large number of multiplexes in key cities but also plenty of smaller towns across the UK and Ireland. We’re committed to bringing a regular strand of anime to the big screen and this success gives us a great platform to build on in 2017.”