News Ghibli's Arrietty Earns US$18 Million After 5th Weekend
posted on 2012-03-18 19:27 EDT
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$233,000 during the March 16-18 weekend, its fifth weekend in American theaters. Arrietty's theater count dropped by 197 as 304 theaters continued to screen the film, and the film had a per-screen average of US$766. Ticket sales fell 44.2% from the fourth weekend.
With a current total of US$18,011,000, Arrietty remains the fourth highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States (although not when adjusted for inflation). It is about US$1.8 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 fifth weekend:
|Film||Year||5th Weekend||Theaters||Per-Screen Average||Gross-to-Date||Princess Mononoke||1999||US$318,772||124||US$2,570||US$1,638,393|
|Howl's Moving Castle||2005||US$305,925||177||US$1,728||US$3,817,641|
|Tales from Earthsea||2010||US$0||0||US$0||US$48,043|
|The Secret World of Arrietty (Estimated)||2012||US$233,000||304||US$766||US$18,011,000|
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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