The new Hayao Miyazaki film The Boy and the Heron will likely top the North American box office charts this weekend.
According to Variety, the film is on track to reach the no. 1 spot after earning $5.4 million from preview screenings and Friday showings. Analysts project it will earn $10 million during opening weekend in North America.
The Hollywood Reporter said that Studio Ghibli choosing to open the first week of December in North America was a “wise decision.” The first two weeks of December are usually quiet because studios are preparing for their Christmas Day releases. There were also no new wide-releases from major Hollywood Studios this weekend.
The film follows Maihito, a young boy struggling with his mother’s death. He is lured into a tower by a talking heron who claims his mother is still alive.
The Boy and the Heron is being praised by critics and currently has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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