Ghibli's Arrietty Rises to #8 With $8.68 Million in 4 Days (Updated)

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Highest opening-weekend box office take of any Ghibli film

The Box Office Mojo website reported that Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's anime film The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty) earned an estimated US$8,102,000 over the four-day President's Day holiday weekend in the United States. With the fourth day's tally included, the film now rises to #8 for the extended weekend.

The film had earned an estimated US$6.4 million under the three-day, Friday-Sunday tally to initially land at #9. Even with just the three-day tally, the film earned the highest opening-weekend box office take of any Ghibli film in the United States.

Ghibli already celebrated the film's three-day opening weekend tally with a posting on its front page on Tuesday.

The Secret World of Arrietty opened in Japan in July of 2010 and eventually earned 9.2 billion yen (about US$115 million) as the number #1 film of 2010 in Japan.

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 is giving the film the widest opening (1,522 theaters) for a Studio Ghibli film in North America to date.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Update: Box Office Mojo reports that the final four-day tally of the film is US$8,684,864, an increase of US$582,864 from the estimate. The final three-day tally is US$6,446,395, an increase of US$46,395. Thanks, bravetailor.

This article has a follow-up: Ghibli's Arrietty Drops to #14 in 3rd Weekend (2012-03-04 13:05)
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