Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day the Movie has been anticipated for quite some time now. And yet, when the film debuted just a week and a half ago, it opened in only 64 theaters across Japan. Despite this relatively meager number of participating theaters in which the film opened, though, it nevertheless saw an incredibly strong opening weekend. In fact, it reached third in the overall weekend box office rankings, over the two-day period of August 31 and September 1. At the top of the charts, with sales of $88 million, was The Wind Rises, which has claimed the number one spot for seven consecutive weeks. Right behind it was our very own Man of Steel, which had a wide release across the country that Friday, with its weekend numbers spanning the entire three days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
What’s most impressive about all of this is Anohana’s performance amidst a box office of stiff competition. It’s showing was so astounding that it saw ticket sales coming in at $1,981,777. That’s quite a lot, and like we mentioned, impressive to say the least. Perhaps what’s most notable here is the diverse audience that the film brought in. Much of its debut success can certainly be attributed to the wide range of movie-goers, who were said to range from young adults all the way on up to seniors. Interestingly enough, it also seems to have a particular popularity among women too, with 30 percent of the audiences in Shinjuku being female. Reports further indicate that viewers were primarily folks in their 20s and 30s, but there were plenty of people in their 40s as well.
In case you aren’t aware, Anohana has been mounting steam for being quite the sad film, garnering a reputation as a heartbreaking tale, ripe with emotionality. In any event, we can’t wait to see it ourselves. Here’s hoping we get some kind of international release to quell our aching hearts.