What is the highest grossing anime movie of all time?

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    Avatar It is the highest grossing film in history.. That is clear to all of us. But, if we leave the real image, the titles that dispute the honor – and the cockiness, why not say it – of having raised more than any other are different. The blockbusters animated and, specifically, those of Japanese animation, exist in a world apart. First, because its audience, although it is increasingly massive, continues to function as a niche, so you have to look at its figures with perspective. And second, because for that very reason, the ranking it doesn’t stop changing.

    The anime audience is so dedicated and moves in such dynamic fashions that practically every Japanese animated film that has any degree of success ends up becoming the highest grossing film of all time. At the cinema live action, the position has been disputed by the same two films for more than a decade. In anime, however, a new blockbuster title topples the previous one almost every year. This makes the list of the highest-grossing anime movies of all time much more varied: we have many Studio Ghibli movies, sure (here’s a guide to where to watch them all), but also isolated phenomena from cult directors, the occasional adaptation of a video game to the big screen and even movie versions of anime that are normally broadcast in series. The latter, which in another time might have seemed like cheap side projects with a whiff of DVD, have been dominating the billboard lately.

    if you think that Spirited Away still the highest-grossing anime film ever, you’re wrong (and you’re getting older). If you believe that the bombing that was in its day your name continues to reign over the collections of Japanese animated films, more of the same. The most successful anime movie right now is quite another, one that you probably haven’t even heard of. Let’s go from position 10 to top 1:

    The 10 Highest Grossing Movies in Anime History

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Pokemon: The Movie (1998)

The least grossing of the ten films that occupy this list is what we know in Spain as Pokemon: The Movie, which in reality was nothing more than a mix made with a special episode of the series, a short prologue and a feature film about Mewtwo, one of the most powerful Pokémon. It has raised $172,744,662 to date.


One Piece Film: Red (2022)

It has practically just been released and is already ranked ninth among the highest grossing anime films. This parallel story to one of the most successful anime series (whose manga is also the longest book in the world) has already raised $165,533,514. It is his fault that Princess Mononokewhich once occupied the first position on the list, now does not even appear on it.


Always by your side, Doraemon (2014)

Nostalgia moves mountains and, if not, tell this one remake CGI 3D rendering of one of the most endearing anime series of our childhood (which also had some pretty commendable 2D movies). It accumulates about 183,442,714 dollars at the box office.


Time with you (2019)

The second great success of the independent director Makoto Shinkai fell short of his first bombshell in the ranking (Do you know which one we are talking about?), but it did not make bad numbers for that. This doomsday romance story has grossed $193,715,360.


Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie (2021)

Another of the most recent entries on the list. Based on one of the anime series that has been hitting the hottest lately, the movie went directly to sixth place on the ranking and has already collected 196,047,295 Dollars.


Ponyo on the Cliff (2008)

It’s surprising that a film like this ranks above Princess Mononoke, a much better known and valued example of Studio Ghibli’s filmography. However, Miyazaki is Miyazaki and he knew how to connect with viewers from all over the world with this reinterpretation of the Little Mermaid. It has raised $204,826,668.


Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Miyazaki’s penultimate jewel that finds a place in the ranking. This film, released just three years after the biggest success in Ghibli history, has earned a very creditable fourth place on the list in its own right. It has collected 236,323,601 Dollars.

If Makoto Shinkai broke the mold with The time with youwhat of your name it was directly passing the game. This romance between an urban boy and a country girl, crossed by a plot of time travel, was able to transcend the barriers of the anime niche and attract the attention of Hollywood, where a film has been preparing for years. remake of actual image. So far, the animated version has grossed $380,140,500.


Spirited Away (2001)

The immortal Studio Ghibli has to settle for the silver medal in this ranking. His best valued work inside and outside Japan —named no more and no less than the 75th best film of the history by the British Film Institute— reigned for years on this list, but its time has passed. In total, she has raised $395,580,000.


Night Watch: Infinity Train (2020)

The first place in the ranking of the highest grossing anime films in history is for this spin-off in the form of a feature film Guardians of the nighta very successful series also known by the titles demon slayer or, directly, Kimetsu no Yaiba.Not even the full-power coronavirus pandemic could stop the tsunamis of the public (mainly Asian, mind you) that pounced on movie theaters as soon as the film was released. Its collection is heart-stopping: $506,523,013.

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