BELLE Crosses $3 Million Box Office

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NEW YORK (January 28, 2022) – GKIDS’ BELLE has earned over $3,000,000 according to theater reports, following its second week in theaters. Distributed by GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award- nominated animated features, the critically acclaimed film opened theatrically and on IMAX screens in both its original Japanese language and an all-new English dubbed version on January 14th, with exclusive IMAX previews in select markets beginning January 12thBELLE is now Academy Award-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda’s highest grossing film released in North America.

BELLE made its critically acclaimed world debut at the Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival. The film has also played in competition at the London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Los Angeles’ Animation is Film festival, where the film was awarded the Special Jury Prize. BELLE has received honors at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle, Austin Film Critics Association, Detroit Film Critics Society, Florida Film Critics Circle, Online Association of Female Film Critics, and Greater Western New York Film Critics Association. Last month, BELLE was also nominated for five Annie Awards, including Best Independent Feature.

BELLE is an original story written and helmed by celebrated director Mamoru Hosoda, whose previous films include the Academy Award®-nominated MiraiThe Boy and the BeastWolf ChildrenSummer WarsThe Girl Who Leapt Through Time and others. Hosoda is joined by long time producing partner and Studio Chizu co-founder Yuichiro Saito, as producer on the title. BELLE was released in Japan starting July 16, 2021. Despite ongoing limited screening capacities and nationwide curfews, the film has grossed over 6.53 billion yen at the box office to date, becoming Mamoru Hosoda’s highest-grossing film ever, and the third-highest grossing film of the year at the Japanese box office.

On BELLE, the Japanese creative team worked in collaboration with a roster of international talents. Character designer Jin Kim, the artist behind several iconic Disney features including Moana, Tangled, and Frozen, designed the titular Belle. Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar®-nominated Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart (Wolfwalkers, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) also join the team, contributing artwork for the various virtual fantasy worlds within the film. Hosoda continues his film collaborations with architects, and is joined by up-and-coming British architect and designer Eric Wong, who designed the virtual world of “U.” Rounding out the team, composer Ludvig Forssell, best known for his collaborations with video game auteur Hideo Kojima (Death Stranding, Metal Gear Solid V), joined the score team for the film.

BELLE Synopsis

From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of MiraiWolf ChildrenSummer Wars, and more, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media.

Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.

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