News Ghibli's Arrietty Adds US$140,000 in 6th Weekend
posted on 2012-03-25 20:00 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$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|
|Howl's Moving Castle||2005||US$149,368||133||US$1,123||US$4,151,839|
|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.