Ghibli's Arrietty Falls Out of Top 20 in 4th Weekend in U.S.

posted on by Egan Loo
Earns US$1,455,000 on 522 screens for new grand total of US$16,724,000

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$402,000 during the March 9-11 weekend. In its fourth weekend in American theaters, Arrietty falls from #14 out of the top 20 at the box office. Arrietty's theater count dropped by 930 to just 501 remaining screens, and the film had a per-screen average of US$802. Ticket sales fell 72.9% from the third weekend.

With a current total of US$17,557,000, Arrietty remains the fourth highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States (although not when adjusted for inflation). It is US$2.2 million below #3's Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (US$19,765,868).

Here is how the various Ghibli films have performed in the United States in their fourth weekend:

Film Year 4th Weekend Theaters Per-Screen Average Gross-to-Date
Princess Mononoke 1999 US$142,479 41 US$3,475 US$1,187,089
Spirited Away 2002 US$634,901 138 US$4,600 US$2,668,591
Howl's Moving Castle 2005 US$389,926 (US$483,539)* 187 US$2,085 (US$2,585) US$3,225,747 (US$3,319,360)
Ponyo 2009 US$1,308,412 (US$1,869,502)* 890 US$1,470 (US$2,101) US$12,957,933 (US$13,519,023)
Tales from Earthsea 2010 US$0 0 US$0 US$48,043
The Secret World of Arrietty (Estimated) 2012 US$402,000 501 US$802 US$17,557,000
* Extended holiday weekend

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 gave the film the widest opening for a Studio Ghibli film in North America to date.

This article has a follow-up: Ghibli's Arrietty Earns US$18 Million After 5th Weekend (2012-03-18 19:27)
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