GKIDS announced that Mamoru Hosoda’s movie BELLE (Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime) has earned more than 3 million USD in the US after more than 2 weeks in theatres.
The film is Hosoda’s highest grossing film in North America. Mirai previously held the record with $812,000.
In the Japanese market the project earned a cumulative total of 5 billion yen on the 36th day at theatres.
BELLE released in Japan on July 16 and ranked top of the box office within first 3 weeks. The project was also screened in IMAX format in 38 theaters throughout Japan.
“Suzu Naito is a seventeen-year-old high school student who lives in the rural Kōchi prefecture of Japan. When she was young, she was close with her mother, who supported her love for singing and writing songs. However, one day, Suzu witnessed her mother rescuing a child from a flooding river at the cost of her own life. The traumatic experience caused Suzu to resent her mother for “abandoning” her for a stranger’s child and became unable to sing. She is alienated from most of her classmates. Under Hiro’s suggestion, Suzu signs into the popular virtual world known as “U”. Upon logging into U, Suzu finds herself capable of singing like she used to. Bell’s appearance is at first criticized due to her freckles, but after making several appearances while singing and the assistance of Hiro who appointed herself as Bell’s manager and producer, Bell soon becomes a big hit. Following her popularity, people start to refer her as “Belle”, which means “beautiful” in French.”