Mamoru Hosoda’s latest anime movie, The Boy and The Beast (バケモノの子), is one of this year’s most anticipated anime movies. It premiered last weekend and managed to capture the #1 spot of the Japanese box office with approximately 667,035,100 yen, beating out Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return as the T-800 in Terminator Genisys.
The movie opened on 457 screens across Japan, and sold approximately over 494,170 tickets. The movie earned two times more than Hosoda’s previous film, Wolf Children, which earned 360,372,690 yen and opened at #2 in the box office. Meanwhile, Terminator Genisys, which opened the day before The Boy and The Beast premiered, earned approximately 515,720,300 yen and sold approximately 352,748 tickets over the weekend.
Set between the human world and the bakemono realm known as Juutengai, it follows a human boy named Kyuuta who gets trained by the bear-like bakemono named Kumatetsu after he somehow gets lost in Juutengai.
The Boy and the Beast will be the latest anime movie added to Mamoru Hosoda’s already-impressive repertoire, which already includes classics like Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leaped Through Time, and Summer Wars. The movie is both written and directed by Hosoda himself, and he also created the movie’s concept.