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'Your Name' teleports to No. 3 at box office for Japanese films

Body-switching yarn trails only 'Spirited Away,' 'Howl's Moving Castle'

The blockbuster centers on a boy and a girl who switch bodies as their lives are intertwined by an approaching comet.

TOKYO -- Animated science fiction movie "Kimi no Na wa" ("Your Name") rang up sales of 19.4 billion yen ($172 million) over its three-month run at Japanese theaters, production company Toho said Monday, beating out "Princess Mononoke" to rank third among homegrown titles.

Buoyed by its extraordinary popularity, the film is nearly certain to climb past 20 billion yen. The top two Japanese movies by box-office sales here are Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" in first place and "Howl's Moving Castle" in second. "Your Name" made sixth place in a ranking that also includes non-Japanese titles.

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