’s Oscar winner “Spirited Away
” may be 18 years old, but that didn’t stop it from dominating the China box office over the June 21-23 weekend. The 2001 animated adventure film opened for the first time in Chinese movie theaters to a massive $28 million haul (via Variety), over double the $13.2 million Disney
made with the opening of the highly-anticipated “Toy Story 4
.” That a new Pixar outing was dominated by a nearly two-decade old Miyazaki film speaks to Studio
’s widespread popularity in China.
Miyazaki’s 1988 fantasy film “My Neighbor Totoro
” was the first Studio Ghibli movie to receive a theatrical release in China when it debuted in theaters last December. The film made $13 million on its opening weekend and ended its run with $26 million. The “Spirited Away
” opening in China managed to outgross the entire run of “Totoro,” another remarkable feat for Studio Ghibli.