News Ghibli's Arrietty Earns US$14.3 Million After 2nd Weekend (UPDATED)
posted on 2012-02-26 17:15 EST by Egan Loo
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 US$4,351,115 during the February 24-26 weekend. In its second weekend in American theaters, Arrietty drops from #9 to #10 at the box office as it faces four new films. With 1,522 theaters, Arrietty had a per-screen average of US$2,859. Ticket sales dropped 32.5% from the first weekend.
With a current total of US$14,508,920, Arrietty is now the sixth highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States. It has moved well ahead of #7's Spirited Away (US$10,055,859) and is within half a million of #5's Ponyo (U$$15,090,399).
Here is how the various Ghibli films have performed in the United States in their second weekend:
|Film||Year||2nd Weekend||Theaters||Per-Screen Average||Gross-to-Date|
|Howl's Moving Castle||2005||US$864,761||202||US$4,280||US$1,482,895|
|Tales From Earthsea||2010||US$9,940||5||US$1,988||US$41,029|
|The Secret World of Arrietty (Estimated)||2012||US$4,503,000||1,522||US$2,959||US$14,660,000|
The number 1 film in the United States in weekend estimates is Act of Valor.
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 for a Studio Ghibli film in North America to date.
Update 2011/2/27: Final box office figures updated.
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