Mamoru Hosoda's "The Boy and the Beast" film debut at #1 during the July 11-12 weekend, topping the Japanese debut of "Terminator Genisys." "The Boy and the Beast" opened on 457 screens, and earned 667,035,100 yen in its first two days. The film sold 494,170 tickets over the weekend.
According to Box Office Mojo, Hosoda’s "Wolf Children" earned 360,372,690 yen when it opened at #2 in July 2012. The film went on to earn 4.22 billion yen total. Box Office Mojo also lists that "Summer Wars" earned 126,827,227 yen when it first opened at #7 in August 2009, and the film went on to earn 1.65 billion yen total.
Hosoda’s "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" film earned 260 million yen total at the Japanese box office in 2006.
"Terminator Genisys" opened in Japan on July 10, but counting only the July 11-12 weekend, the film sold 352,748 tickets and earned 515,720,300 yen.
The story of "The Boy and the Beast" is set in the human realm (Tokyo’s Shibuya ward) and the"bakemono" realm (“Jutengai”). In these two worlds that must not intersect, there lives a lonely boy and a lonely "bakemono." One day, the boy gets lost in the "bakemono" world, becomes the disciple of the "bakemono" Kumatetsu, and is renamed Kyuta.
Hosoda created and scripted the movie. The film is his first since 2012, when his relatively new animation movie company Studio Chizu released "Wolf Children" as its first project. Masakatsu Takagi is scoring the soundtrack. The film stars Koji Yakusho as Kumatetsu, a bear-like being who acts as a teacher to the human Kyuta; Aoi Miyazaki as child Kyuta; Shota Sometani as adolescent Kyuta; and Suzu Hirose in her debut voice-acting role as Kaede, a high school student Kyuta meets.
Funimation licensed the American rights to the film, and plans to release the film in select theaters later this year and nationwide in early 2016. Theatrical screenings have also been set for France, and the major French movie studio Gaumont will handle international sales outside Asia.
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