News Arrietty Film Now 4th Highest-Grossing Anime Film in U.S.
posted on 2012-03-09 17:45 EST
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 Pokemon 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|
|Pokemon: The First Movie||US$85,744,662 / 3,043||US$31,036,678 / 3,043||11/10/99|
|Pokemon 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|
|Pokemon 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.