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Highest chart position: 10
Weeks on box office: 3
27th June 2019
Spirited Away is arguably one of director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli best films but in 2001 when the film was originally released it was banned in China, that ban was lifted this week and the film finally got a long overdue release.
There was another animated film released this week in China, and the rest of the world, this week, Toy Story 4, a brand new animation from Pixar and the fourth film in the very successful Toy Story Series.
In most of the world Toy Story 4 has topped the box office, including most of Europe and the United States, but in China the incredible happened and the 18 year old animation beat the brand new films.
This is quite incredible, and good news for cinema and the Chinese box office, I suspect many people in China have seen the film as it has been available on home video for years, but it would seem the public want to see this film on the big screen.
Its not all bad news for the Pixar movie as it has landed on the box office at number 2, but with Spirited Away taking $27.8 Million dollars (converted) compared with $13.2 Million (converted) the Toy Story film took half that of the Japanese animation.
Here is the Chinese top 5 Box Office Weekend of 21st June 2019
24th June 2019
As expected with the release of a new Pixar movie, Toy Story 4 stormed the global box office and enters the chart at the top grossing more than the rest of the box office combined.
This is the fourth film in the critically acclaimed Toy Story series from Pixar, and the film more than comfortably makes its debut at the top of the global box office.
Released in 38 countries the film makes its global debut with a gross of $238 Million.
The Disney live action films is still pulling in audiences globally and this week takes $45.1 Million from 56 countries.
The film has now taken an excellent $810.1 Million after 5 weeks of release.
After making its debut at the top of the global box office last weekend the fourth Men In Black film falls to 3 this week with $40.9 million from 66 countries.
This takes the films total global gross to $182 Million on its second weekend of release.
Studio Ghibli's 2001 film finally gets a release in China and takes $28.7 Million on its debut weekend of release and is at number 4 on the global box office.
This is 18 years after the films initial release and this gross puts the films total global gross to $277.2 Million.
Five weeks on and the animated comedy falls to number 5 with $21 Million from 43 countries for a total gross of $194.6 Million.