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Stark700



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:44 pm Reply with quote
Hmm, now I'm a bit interested in this film even if it's in English adapted.
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Gyt Kaliba



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:15 pm Reply with quote
Oh wow, I wouldn't have thought it'd do THAT well. Or that Ponyo would beat Spirited Away. I mean, Spirited Away was the only one to get a major US film award, right?

I'd also be curious to know what the other 4 top-grossing anime films were, the non-Ghibli ones.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:19 pm Reply with quote
Gyt Kaliba wrote:
I'd also be curious to know what the other 4 top-grossing anime films were, the non-Ghibli ones.
Pokemon: The First Movie - $85,744,662
Pokemon: The Movie 2000 - $43,758,684
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie - $19,765,868
Pokemon 3: The Movie - $17,052,128
The Secret World Of Arrietty - $15,268,380

there's the top 5 currently, the top 4 all had releases with between 900-1500 more theaters that Arrietty so to be where it is is very good

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=anime.htm - full list
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:23 pm Reply with quote
Volibear wrote:
Gyt Kaliba wrote:
I'd also be curious to know what the other 4 top-grossing anime films were, the non-Ghibli ones.
Pokemon: The First Movie - $85,744,662
Pokemon: The Movie 2000 - $43,758,684
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie - $19,765,868
Pokemon 3: The Movie - $17,052,128
The Secret World Of Arrietty - $15,268,380

there's the top 5 currently, the top 4 all had releases with between 900-1500 more theaters that Arrietty so to be where it is is very good

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=anime.htm - full list


It has a very good shot at number 3 when all is said and done. I think it'll break 20 million in a few weeks, though it might come short of my hopes of 25 million.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:28 pm Reply with quote
This is very interesting to hear. Looks like Arrietty is going to be very profitable in US.
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Stark700



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:49 pm Reply with quote
Volibear wrote:
Gyt Kaliba wrote:
I'd also be curious to know what the other 4 top-grossing anime films were, the non-Ghibli ones.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie - $19,765,868

This movie was a box office bomb. According to critics:
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The film is also currently the lowest rated animated film on Metacritic, with an average of 15 out of 100, based on 18 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes it is the second lowest behind Happily N'Ever After.
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Cecilthedarkknight_234



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:54 pm Reply with quote
Volibear wrote:
Gyt Kaliba wrote:
I'd also be curious to know what the other 4 top-grossing anime films were, the non-Ghibli ones.
Pokemon: The First Movie - $85,744,662
Pokemon: The Movie 2000 - $43,758,684
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie - $19,765,868
Pokemon 3: The Movie - $17,052,128
The Secret World Of Arrietty - $15,268,380

there's the top 5 currently, the top 4 all had releases with between 900-1500 more theaters that Arrietty so to be where it is is very good

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=anime.htm - full list


pokemon 3 had the worst sales..
well that figures you give any story to that series it will bomb but hell it's best out of the first 3 movies.

Still this is decent news for anime film lovers.. I really should go see this..
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PurpleWarrior13



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:41 pm Reply with quote
You can't really blame Pokemon 3's drop. America is not like Japan where popular animated series can have a theatrical movie every year and be profitable. The 4th and 5th Pokemon movies were also in theaters, but the 4th was a somewhat limited release (not even 500 screens), and the 5th was an even smaller release (with less than 50 I believe).

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This movie was a box office bomb. According to critics:


A box office bomb refers to a film that flops at the box office, as in, makes very little money based on it's budget. Box office bombs can still get good critical reception. For instance, The Powerpuff Girls Movie was a box office bomb, but it still has a "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes. I'm not sure what Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie's budget was, but it seems like it performed "decently" for an anime film. However, it was a critical flop, which refers to a film that gets mostly terrible reviews (seriously, YGO the Movie has a 5% on RottonTomatoes. It makes the original 5 Pokemon movies' 14% - 22% ratings look fairly decent...).
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Farix



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:30 pm Reply with quote
I'm not all that surprised that it is doing better than other Ghibli films. It has a much wider release than the others. It was the first time I didn't have to travel 2 hours to see, but the normal 45 minutes to go to my usual mutiplex.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:36 pm Reply with quote
I seen this opening weekend and it is well deserving of the cash its getting.I hope this opens doors for more anime movies to be shown in wider releases over here in the states.And like the comment above me usually these films never are in my area but thankfully this time i only had to drive 30 minutes to the nearest celebration cinema to see it.
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ArsenicSteel



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:55 pm Reply with quote
This isn't going to open any doors that weren't already open by other high performing anime movies. Disney will continue to put out Ghibli films in thousands of theaters and other anime movies from other distributors will be lucky to get a month long run in a couple or art houses.
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Sorraffy



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:56 pm Reply with quote
15.2 million converts to 1,248,953,484.00 yen. No doubt Ghibli loves seeing that figure
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ArsenicSteel



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:08 pm Reply with quote
15m sounds nice but 110m is even nicer. The latter is what Arrietty made in Japan alone. I do hope the US release keeps breaking records.
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DarkFusion



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:34 pm Reply with quote
Good to hear.

And in reference to related news...

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/115981-Fox-Business-Criticizes-Studio-Ghiblis-Latest

Take that, Fox News!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:26 am Reply with quote
PurpleWarrior13 wrote:
A box office bomb refers to a film that flops at the box office, as in, makes very little money based on it's budget. Box office bombs can still get good critical reception. For instance, The Powerpuff Girls Movie was a box office bomb, but it still has a "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes. I'm not sure what Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie's budget was, but it seems like it performed "decently" for an anime film. However, it was a critical flop, which refers to a film that gets mostly terrible reviews (seriously, YGO the Movie has a 5% on RottonTomatoes. It makes the original 5 Pokemon movies' 14% - 22% ratings look fairly decent...).

Well, according to Rotten Tomatoes, the film is rated
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68th in the '100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s', with a rating of 5%, based on 60 reviews, with the site's top critics giving it a rating of 0%


I also read somewhere that there promotion was a major issue that didn't go as well it hoped.
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