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The Box Office Mojo website reports that David Bowers and IMAGI's computer-animated film adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) manga earned an estimated US$1,651,000 in its fourth weekend on the box office chart in the United States. The US$65-million film has an estimated gross-to-date of US$17,913,000, and it slipped from #10 to #13 on the chart. With 1,354 theaters (564 less than last week), the Summit Entertainment-distributed film had an estimated per-screen average of US$1,219.
By comparison in their fourth weekend of release, Ponyo (2009) earned US$1,308,412 in 890 theaters (US$1,470 average), Dragonball: Evolution (2009) earned US$171,434 in 153 theaters (US$1,120 average), Speed Racer (2008) earned US$2,259,031 in 2,070 theaters (US$1,091 average), and IMAGI's TMNT film (2007) earned US$2,259,322 in 1,855 theaters (US$1,217 average). As of November 8, Astro Boy has surpassed Ponyo's American box office total, although Ponyo has earned at least US$199,460,313 worldwide.
Roland Emmerich's 2012 film opened at #1 in 3,404 theaters with an estimated US$65,000,000 (US$19,095 per theater).
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Original Manga © Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.