Ghibli's Only Yesterday Earns US$13,000 in 1st Weekend at NYC Theater

posted on by Karen Ressler
Isao Takahata film slated for wider US release on February 26

Box Office Mojo reported that GKIDS' theatrical release of Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) film earned US$13,329 at one theater over the weekend of January 1-3. The film opened at the IFC Center in New York on January 1, with an expanded nationwide release set for February 26.

The film originally premiered in Japan in 1991. GKIDS' theatrical release corresponded with the film's 25th anniversary. It has not previously been released in North America.

Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars in the film's English dub cast as Taeko. The cast also includes Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Alison Fernandez (Law & Order: SVU).

GKIDS describes the film:

It's 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

In addition to the theatrical rights, GKIDS has also licensed the non-theatrical, home video, and television rights for the film.

Upcoming theaters that will screen the film are:

February 26

  • Los Angeles, CA - Landmark Nuart Theater
  • Irvine, CA - Regal Irvine
  • San Francisco, CA - Landmark Theatres
  • Berkeley, CA - Landmark Theatres
  • Washington DC - Landmark E Street Cinema
  • Boston, MA - Landmark Kendall Square
  • San Diego, CA - Landmark Theatres
  • Denver, CO - Landmark Theatres
  • Portland, OR - Regal Fox Tower
  • Austin, TX - Regal Arbor Hills
  • Philadelphia, PA - Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
  • Charlotte, NC - Regal Theater
  • Toronto, ON - TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Columbus, OH - Gateway Film Center
  • Buffalo, NY - North Park Theatre (February 27-28)

March 11

  • Minneapolis, MN - Landmark Theatres
  • Atlanta, GA - Landmark Midtown Art
  • Waterloo, ON - Princess Cinema
  • Ithaca, NY - Cornell Cinema (March 12-13)

March 18

  • Vancouver, WA - Kiggins Theatre

Source: Deadline

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

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