Pretty darn good. In its debut week, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya hit the box office top ten.

Depending on which chart you look at, the film, the first Haruhi Suzumiya animated feature, hung around in the top ten. Animated by Uji-based Kyoto Animation, the film is based on the fourth Haruhi Suzumiya light novel created by Nagaru Tanigawa and the very kind Noizi Ito.

Playing in 24 theaters across Japan, the film took a per-screen average of US$23,617 during its second week. The film has earned a total of US$2.74 million in its first nine days. According to website Anime News Network, the first Macross animated film earned US$$2.62 million in its first nine days, playing on 30 screens.


Meanwhile, Avatar continues to dominate the Japanese box office with a per-screen average of $8,800 and a total Japanese gross of $121 million

The Haruhi Suzumiya animated series burst on the scene in 2006~2007, propelled in part by a super catchy ending sequence and vigorous licensing from the light novel's publisher Kadokawa.

Haruhi Suzumiya has seen her likeness in video game form for PS2, PSP, Wii and DS titles.


The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya was released in Japan on February 6. Watch the trailer here.

Japanese Box Office, February 13-14: Haruhi Adds $567K [ANN]