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The Box Office Mojo website reports that Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's anime film The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty) has earned an estimated US$402,000 during the March 9-11 weekend. In its fourth weekend in American theaters, Arrietty falls from #14 out of the top 20 at the box office. Arrietty's theater count dropped by 930 to just 501 remaining screens, and the film had a per-screen average of US$802. Ticket sales fell 72.9% from the third weekend.
With a current total of US$17,557,000, Arrietty remains the fourth highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States (although not when adjusted for inflation). It is US$2.2 million below #3's Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (US$19,765,868).
Here is how the various Ghibli films have performed in the United States in their fourth weekend:
|Film||Year||4th Weekend||Theaters||Per-Screen Average||Gross-to-Date||Princess Mononoke||1999||US$142,479||41||US$3,475||US$1,187,089|
|Howl's Moving Castle||2005||US$389,926 (US$483,539)*||187||US$2,085 (US$2,585)||US$3,225,747 (US$3,319,360)|
|Ponyo||2009||US$1,308,412 (US$1,869,502)*||890||US$1,470 (US$2,101)||US$12,957,933 (US$13,519,023)|
|Tales from Earthsea||2010||US$0||0||US$0||US$48,043|
|The Secret World of Arrietty (Estimated)||2012||US$402,000||501||US$802||US$17,557,000|
In his directorial debut, Yonebayashi re-imagines Mary Norton's 1952 novel The Borrowers by moving the story to a Tokyo suburb. The story revolves around Arrietty, a member of the "little people" who live under the floorboards of a regular human family's home. Arrietty's family tries to remain hidden from the human "beans." Walt Disney Pictures gave the film the widest opening for a Studio Ghibli film in North America to date.
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