Top 10 Highest Grossing Studio Ghibli Films

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Established in 1985, Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio located in Tokyo, Japan. It is well-known for its animated feature films led by visionary Hayao Miyazaki. For the uninitiated, six of Studio Ghibli’s films are among the 10 of Japan’s highest-grossing anime films, five of which have received Academy Award nominations. Studio Ghibli has gained the love from all the anime lovers all over the world.

This article is born to provide you with 10 highest grossing Studio Ghibli films. The list based on the data announced on the Internet. Take a look at our list right now!

Tales From Earthsea ($68,673,565)

Tales From Earthsea

Studio Ghibli tried to convince sci-fi author Ursula Le Guin to agree to comply with an adaptation of her Earthsea novels for years, but with no success. However, after Hayao Miyazaki’s win at the Oscars for Spirited Away, Le Guin finally agreed to the project, particularly keen for Hayao to direct. As soon as the film released, it gained the love of the viewers and got quite high revenue after a brief time.

The Cat Returns ($53,918,847)

The Cat Returns

Based on Aoi Hiiragi’s manga of the same name, the film follows Haru Yoshioka as she tries to flee the Cat Kingdom and marry Prince Lune. Despite the bizarre plot, The Cat Returns feels very grounded, making for an intriguing adventure that might only be translated for the screen by Studio Ghibli. With the lovable story and adorable design, the film successfully impressed the viewers and got significant revenue in line with the information on the Internet.

From Up On Poppy Hill ($61,459,425)

From Up On Poppy Hill

Based on Tetsurō Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi’s 1980s comic, From Up On Poppy Hill follows the story of Umi Matsuzaki, Shun Kazama, and Shiroō Mizunuma as they fight to save their school’s clubhouse from being torn down by a wealthy businessman.

Directed by Gorō Miyazaki, the film brilliantly captures the emotions of melodrama in the average teenager’s life. Thanks to gentle drama together with wonderful characters and delightful animation, the film attracted the viewers significantly.

The Secret World Of Arrietty ($145,570,827)

The Secret World Of Arrietty

Based on Mary Norton’s novel, The Borrowers, Arrietty was Hiromasa Yonebayashi S directorial debut. Driven by his wish to beat Ponyo’s incredible audience numbers, he created a tender tale of an unlikely friendship that would delight viewers of all ages.

According to information from the Internet, over a meg viewers watched it in Japan during its opening weekend. The feature received the most important ever opening for a Studio Ghibli film in America, the anime gained a lot of love from anime lovers and even the non-anime lovers thanks to the wonderful animation and cute story.

Porco Rosso ($58,990,641)

Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso is one among the few Studio Ghibli films that leans heavily on realism, with recognizable historical events and detailed geography. It’s European locations possibly influenced its popularity overseas, performing well in European box offices, particularly in France. The loving homage to aircraft and flying proved to be so popular that Miyazaki considered creating a sequel, seeing Rosso return within the Spanish Civil War. If you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to observe a great movie like this!

Ponyo ($201,750,931)


Hayao Miyazaki’s delightful interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid captured audiences’ hearts across the world following its release. A magical celebration of the thrill and innocence of childhood, it absolutely was enhanced by Studio Ghibli’s aim to only incorporate traditional animation in the film. With Noboru Yoshida at the helm as stage director, his stunning artwork added to Ponyo’s charm. Miyazaki remained hands-on throughout the film’s production, hand drawing the waves and therefore the ocean himself so as to experiment with various styles.

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The Wind Rises ($136,333,220)

The Wind Rises

In 2009, Hayao Miyazaki began serializing a brand new manga for Model Graphix, inspired by Jiro Horikoshi’s life. Horikoshi had designed the Mitsubishi A5M attack aircraft and also the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, then used by Japan during the Second World War.

As well as being a depth biopic, The Wind Rises could be a beautifully moving examination of corruption as Horikoshi’s love of aviation becomes twisted in the height of the conflict. The movie has beautified the souls of virtually almost all the viewers and made them feel softer in reality.

Howl’s Moving Castle ($235,184,110)

Howl's Moving Castle

Inspired by Diana Wynne Jones’ 1986 fantasy novel of the same name, Hayao Miyazaki combined fantastical elements with deeply human emotions in Howl’s Moving Castle. The film would become one of the foremost financially successful Japanese films of all time, grossing $14.5 million in its first week of release in Japan alone. This became one among of the most anime movies that I like prefer during my childhood with the beautiful animation and meaningful content.

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Princess Mononoke ($160,799,185)

Princess Mononoke

Perhaps one of the most widely-recognized Studio Ghibli features, Hayao Miyazaki’s fantasy adventure became an instant success in Japan, becoming the first animated film to win Best Picture in the Japan Academy Prize. It ranked the highest-grossing film in Japan and held the coveted title until Spirited Away’s release four years later.

Nearly 22,000 copies of the Blu ray sold during its first week of release within the US. The epic tale of nature versus industrialization has remained hugely influential, heavily inspiring James Cameron’s Avatar, from the clashing civilizations to the stunning setting of Pandora.

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Spirited Away ($365,481,131)

Spirited Away

Spending his summer with friends, Hayao Miyazaki became inspired to form a powerful heroine for their young daughters to look up to after noticing the market was mostly filled with cute characters in search of romance. Chihiro Ogino’s adventures into the spirit world to save her parents would quickly be heralded as one of the best movies of all time.

The anime movie has earned the highest revenue in the list. If you haven’t watched this movie, you missed the diamond!

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