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Ghibli's Arrietty Adds US$140,000 in 6th Weekend

posted on 2012-03-25 20:00 EDT
Film now playing in 229 U.S. theaters & has box office total of US$18,247,000

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$140,000 during the March 23-25 weekend, its sixth weekend in American theaters. Arrietty's theater count dropped by 75 as 229 theaters continued to screen the film, and the film had a per-screen average of US$611. Ticket sales fell 42.0% from the fifth weekend.

With a current total of US$18,247,000, Arrietty remains the fourth highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States (although not when adjusted for inflation). It is about US$1.5 million below #3's Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (US$19,765,868).

The new #1 film in the United States is The Hunger Games, which garnered the third highest U.S. opening box office of all time at US$155 million.

Here is how the various Ghibli films have performed in the United States in their sixth weekend:

Film Year 6th Weekend Theaters Per-Screen Average Gross-to-Date
Princess Mononoke 1999 US$212,161 129 US$1,644 US$1,937,984
Spirited Away 2002 US$415,924 149 US$2,791 US$3,997,219
Howl's Moving Castle 2005 US$149,368 133 US$1,123 US$4,151,839
Ponyo 2009 US$188,536 329 US$573 US$14,656,787
Tales from Earthsea 2010 US$0 0 US$0 US$48,043
The Secret World of Arrietty (Estimated) 2012 US$140,000 229 US$611 US$18,247,000

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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