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NEWS: Miyazaki's Ponyo Falls to #16 with $1.2 Million




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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:56 pm Reply with quote
Ponyo is gaining on YuGiOh and Pokemon 3. Those movies made $493,200 and $418,548 on their fourth weekend respectively, compared to Ponyo's $1,288,000. But I wonder if it will be able to make up the difference.

It certainly would be nice to have a Miyazaki movie in the top 3.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:27 pm Reply with quote
A bright spot in the American anime scene... I welcome this with open arms Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:27 pm Reply with quote
Aren't you supposed to wait until Labor Day weekend's over to get a final count this week?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:19 pm Reply with quote
I've been meaning to go see this one ... maybe this week I will.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:37 pm Reply with quote
amazing animation, however the plot is definitely geared towards 5 year olds. if miyazaki was to release a spirited away now I bet it could crush pokeman (which has always sucked)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:41 pm Reply with quote
Well, Pokemon has a publicity-gaining franchise and televised series in its favour, something Miyazaki films aren't gifted with. I myself remember receiving a special trading card for turning up for the first Pokemon flick, something I was shamefully looking forward to more than the film itself.
Such tactics probably wouldn't be approved of by the well-meaning chaps of Ghibli.
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Shay Guy



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:44 pm Reply with quote
And Pokemon was an marketing juggernaut ten years ago. Even today it's still formidable, and it's a shadow of its former strength.

Is there a place I could find how well Ghibli movies have done on DVD in the US?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:52 pm Reply with quote
My kids and I loved it and I have recommended it to several other moms. When we went, there was a group of kids from a local Day Camp and they seemed to be enjoying themselves a lot. Think a few were dancing in the aisle at the end while the credits were rolling, too cute!

When asked which he liked better, Ponyo or Totoro, my 10 year-old couldn't make up his mind. Laughing
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