Highest-Grossing Anime Movies of 2022: Detective Conan, Doraemon, Shin-chan & More

Detective Conan, Doraemon and Shin-chan are among the highest-grossing films in Japan so far this year. See full list.

Best Anime Movies 2022; Doraemon

We are not even halfway through the year, but the anime community has already been blessed by some truly remarkable sequels and brand new adaptations.

From plenty of high profile sequels such as Demon Slayer Season 2 and Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2, which created a never before seen hype on social media amongst the anime community every week, to some fresh titles such as the record-shattering SPY x FAMILY, which has quickly become a fan-favourite and the wholesome rom-com My Dress-Up Darling, which had the anime community in its chokehold for the first three months of the year. 2022 has already been a great year for anime.

This year is only just starting as we are yet to see the likes of Chainsaw Man, the return of Bleach, Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 and My Hero Academia Season 6, which will all be premiering in the Fall of this year. And these are only just some of the highly anticipated titles for the year amongst a stack of much-awaited new and returning anime coming out later this year.

In the midst of all that, we are also seeing some of our favourite anime titles heading to the big screens this year.

The Quintessential Quintuplets recently concluded its story with a movie that was released in Japan last month, while That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime will be continuing its story on one that is going to be released in the Fall.

Black Clover will also be coming out of hiatus with an anime movie continuation this year, while One Piece Film: Red, which will see the return of Shanks, is coming out in August. There is so much to be excited about if you are an anime fan, whether on the big screens or on your television. But today, we are looking at the anime movies that have already been released this year and their box office performances.

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Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween is currently the highest-grossing film in Japan this year, making over 8.6 Billion Yen at the Japanese Box Office since its release in April.

The film is directed by Susumu Mitsunaka (Haikyuu!!) and is the twenty-fifth instalment of the Case Closed film series.

It’s not really a surprise seeing Conan at the top spot, considering how much of a mainstream and household popularity this anime series has, with the anime racking millions of viewers every week on television as well. The previous movie in the franchise, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet, made over 7.6 Billion Yen at the domestic box office and was the third biggest blockbuster of 2021 in Japan.

Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 is the Second Highest-Grossing Anime Movie of 2022.

The latest Doraemon movie, Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021, is currently the Second-Highest Grossing Anime Movie of the year and is the only other anime movie in the Top 10 for overall box office gross this year so far.

Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 is the 41st theatrical entry in the beloved Doraemon franchise and was released in the Japanese theatres back in March. During its run at the Domestic Box Office, the film accumulated over 2.64 billion Yen and sold a total of over 2.2 million tickets.Best Anime Movies 2022; Shin-chan

Meanwhile, the latest Shin-chan movie, Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden, was released the week after Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween and is the 11th Highest-Grossing Film in Japan for the year. The 30th entry in the wildly popular Shin-chan series has made over 1.88 Billion Yen so far at the domestic box office and is also the third highest-grossing anime film of 2022 so far. 

Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden is directed by Masakazu Hashimoto (Appare-Ranman, Fullmetal Alchemist) and features Shinnosuke (Shin-chan), who finds himself in a ninja family, as he attempts to unravel the mystery of his birth and protect the future of the earth and the “tomorrow” of his family.


The Quintessential Quintuplets also ended its run with a climax feature film that was released in late May in Japan and has made over 1.09 Billion Yen after its third weekend at the Domestic Box Office. The series has been the biggest romantic comedy of recent years, with the manga completely dominating the genre till 2021, after the premiere of the anime in 2019.

Meanwhile, The second volume of Free! The Final Stroke was released in April and has made over 810 million yen at the Japanese Box Office. The second volume, which serves as the finale of Kyoto Animation’s beloved sports series, has massively outperformed its predecessor, which only made 540 million yen at the Japanese Box Office during its run.

Both the movies mentioned above don’t have a US release date as of yet. 

You can see the full list below.

Top 5 Highest-Grossing Anime Movies of 2022 in Japan So Far:

  1. Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween; ¥8,600,000,000
  2. Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021; ¥2,640,000,000
  3. Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden; ¥1,880,000,000
  4. The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie; ¥1,090,000,000
  5. Free! – the Final Stroke – the second volume; ¥810,000,000.

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Movies of 2022 in Japan So Far:

  1. Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween; ¥8,600,000,000
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore; ¥4,510,000,000
  3. Spider-Man: No Way Home; ¥4,170,000,000
  4. Sing 2; ¥3,290,000,000
  5. Shin Ultraman; ¥3,180,000,000
  6. Top Gun: Maverick; ¥3,060,000,000
  7. The Last 10 Years; ¥2,950,000,000
  8. The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero; ¥2,850,000,000
  9. Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021; ¥2,640,000,000
  10. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; ¥2,090,000,000.

Source: Pixiin.

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