Film magazine Kinema Jumpo revealed its list of the 10 best Japanese movies of the year on Tuesday, with Sunao Katabuchi‘s In This Corner of the World anime film at #1. The magazine has not awarded the #1 spot to an animated film since Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli‘s My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, almost 30 years ago. In addition, the magazine awarded Katabuchi with the Best Director Award.
In This Corner of the World debuted in 63 Japanese theaters on November 12 and sold 32,032 tickets to earn 47,042,090 yen (US$434,288), ranking #10 in its opening weekend. All screenings at Theatre Shinjuku, Theatre Umeda, and Cine Libre Umeda were sold out on the first day, and more locations held sold-out screenings on the second day. Due to the film’s popularity, more theaters are adding screenings; the film’s website lists more than 200 theaters that have screened or will screen the film. As of January 4, the film has earned 1 billion yen (about US$8.53 million) at the Japanese box office.