Belle is set to top $2 million Thurs.-Mon. on 1,326 screens, according to distributor GKIDS. With Saturday’s actuals, it said, the gross surpassed $1.2M, making it director Mamoru Hosoda’s highest grossing film in the U.S.
That was previously 2018’s Mirai with $812K.Hosoda’s (The Boy and the Beast) latest film with Studio Chizu was also his first to screen in Imax and a hit in Japan when it was released last summer.GKIDS director of distribution Chance Huskey said Belle also stands as the top grossing original anime film — meaning not affiliated with a TV franchise as most are — since 2020’s Weathering With You made $8M.
GKIDS distributed Mirai and Weathering with You. Belle is by far its widest U.S. Huskey said its performing best on the West Coast, the East may be getting dinged by weather.This is a musical film seeing lots of organic engagement on TikTok and Twitter, Huskey said, anticipating repeat viewing, especially for the dubbed version.
All locations are showing subtitled and dubbed, with the dub including English-language versions of songs only available in theaters. “Some people are double-dipping.Read more on deadline.com