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Arrietty Film Now 4th Highest-Grossing Anime Film in U.S.

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Box office earnings surpass US$17 million, pushes past 2001 Pokémon 3 - The Movie

The Box Office Mojo website reports on Friday that Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's anime film The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty) earned US$106,361 on Thursday, March 8 to give it a gross-to-date total of US$17,155,268, pushing it past the 2001 Pokémon 3 - The Movie's box office total of US$17,052,128. The Secret World of Arrietty is now the fourth highest-grossing anime film in the U.S. The film is currently ranked at #14 at the box office.
Here is how anime films have performed in the United States:

Film Lifetime Gross / Theaters Opening Gross / Theaters Opening Date
Pokémon: The First Movie US$85,744,662 / 3,043 US$31,036,678 / 3,043 11/10/99
Pokémon 2000 - The Movie US$43,758,684 / 2,752 US$19,575,608 / 2,752 7/21/00
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie US$19,765,868 / 2,411 US$9,485,494 / 2,411 8/13/04
The Secret World of Arrietty US$17,155,268 / 1,522 US$6,446,395 / 1,522 2/17/12
Pokémon 3 - The Movie US$17,052,128 / 2,675 US$8,240,752 / 2,675 4/6/01
Ponyo US$15,090,399 / 927 US$3,585,852 / 927 8/14/09

Last Thursday, Arrietty earned US$186,421 to give it a gross-to-date total of US$15,268,380, pushing it past Ponyo's box office total of US$15,090,399 and making it the highest-grossing Ghibli film in the U.S.

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.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

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