Ghibli's Arrietty Drops to #14 in 3rd Weekend
posted on 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 an estimated US$1,455,000 during the March 2-4 weekend. In its third weekend in American theaters, Arrietty falls from #10 to #14 at the box office as Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Project X opened in the top two spots. Arrietty's theater count dropped by 91 to 1,431, and the film had a per-screen average of US$1,017. Ticket sales fell 66.6% from the second weekend.
With a current total of US$16,724,000, Arrietty remains the fifth highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States. It is now within US$400,000 of #4's Pokemon 3: The Movie (U$17,052,128).
Here is how the various Ghibli films have performed in the United States in their third weekend:
|Film||Year||3rd Weekend||Theaters||Per-Screen Average||Gross-to-Date|
|Howl's Moving Castle||2005||US$581,654||202||US$2,879||US$2,515,068|
|Tales From Earthsea||2010||US$589||1||US$589||US$48,043|
|The Secret World of Arrietty (Estimated)||2012||US$1,455,000||1,431||US$1,017||US$16,724,000|
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 is giving the film the widest opening for a Studio Ghibli film in North America to date.
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