Funimation has released several details about the success of their latest theatrical release for the hit anime film My Hero Academia: Two Heroes and it has blown everyone away. The film was originally slated for only a few days worth of showings but due to overwhelming demand it was later extended with this past weekend being the last chance to see it in theaters in some areas.
The verdict is that the film was a massive success, making it one of the most successful anime films of all time.
Funimation recently spoke about the movies success:
Last night in Canada, “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” closed out the final day of its North American theatrical run. Buoyed by demand from audiences and exhibitors alike, the film screened for a total of 17 days – more than three times longer than its original five-day limited release. This first ever, feature film from the global hit anime franchise “My Hero Academia,” grossed an astounding $5,768,366 at the box office. In total, the movie’s extended run encompassed 556 theatres across the U.S. and Canada and offered moviegoers both the Japanese language (English subtitles) and English Dub versions of the film. Since debuting at #23 on opening night, “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” has catapulted up the list to end its theatrical run as #10 on the Top 10 list of highest grossing domestic anime films of all time – surpassing “The Wind Rises” ($5.2M) by legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.
“It’s truly heartwarming to see how much ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ resonated with audiences across the U.S. and Canada,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation. “I’m so thankful to the millions of loyal fans who embraced this incredible franchise from day one, when we first introduced ‘My Hero Academia’ to North America just three years ago. I am excited to see what the future holds for anime’s hottest superheroes.”
With this most recent box office hit, who knows what will happen as we continue to see Japanese animation blend into Western entertainment.