Ocean Waves Earns US$12,000 in 1st 6 Days at U.S. Box Office

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Studio Ghibli's 1993 film opened on December 28, continues run through March

Box Office Mojo reported that GKids' theatrical release of Studio Ghibli's Ocean Waves anime film earned US$12,039 at three theaters in the United States as of Monday. The film ranked #57 at the box office for the weekend.

GKids opened the film at the IFC Center in New York on December 28, and it has screened at two other theaters in Ohio and New York since its opening. The film also screened at Toronto's TIFF theater on Monday.

The current list of upcoming screening locations and dates is as follows (Updated screenings are in bold):

Albuquerque, NM Guild Cinema January 6, 2017
Denver, CO Denver Film Society January 6, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL Cinema Paradiso Hollywood January 7, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL Savor Cinema January 7, 2017
Kansas City, MO Screenland Armour January 9, 2017
Portland, OR OMSI Empirical Theatre January 12, 2017
Los Angeles, CA American Cinematheque January 12, 2017
Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center January 13, 2017
Santa Ana, CA The Frida Cinema January 13, 2017
Tempe, AZ Harkins Valley Art January 13, 2017
Waterloo, ON Princess Cinema January 13, 2017
Atlanta, GA Plaza Theatre January 13, 2017
San Francisco, CA Roxie Theatre January 16, 2017
Fairfax, VA Angelika Mosaic January 17, 2017
Washington, DC Angelika Pop-Up January 17, 2017
Dallas, TX Angelika Dallas January 17, 2017
Plano, TX Angelika Plano January 17, 2017
San Diego, CA Angelika Carmel January 17, 2017
Honolulu, HI Consolidated Theatres Kahalas January 17, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA Row House Cinema January 20, 2017
Vancouver, BC Vancity Theatre January 20, 2017
Vancouver, WA Kiggins Theatre January 20, 2017
Lowell, MA Luna Theatre January 27, 2017
Howell, MI Historic Howell Theater January 27, 2017
Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center February 9, 2017
Cleveland, OH Cleveland Cinematheque February 23, 2017
Detroit, MI Detroit Institute of the Arts March 11, 2017
Port Orchard, WA Dragonfly Cinema March 24, 2017

Studio Ghibli's 1993 Ocean Waves television special and another Ghibli work, Grave of the Fireflies, were notably missing from Tokuma Shoten and Walt Disney Company's landmark international distribution deal for every other Ghibli feature in 1996. Central Park Media (CPM) and later ADV Films and Sentai Filmworks released Grave of the Fireflies, but Ocean Waves has never been released on home video in North America.

GKIDS' website lists it as the current distributor for all full-length Studio Ghibli films except Tales from Earthsea. The distributor recently released Only Yesterday for the first time in North America; the film was included in Tokuma Shoten and Disney's distribution deal but never released.

Optimum Releasing released the Ocean Waves special on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2010, and Madman Entertainment released it on DVD in Australia later that year.

GKids will screen Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke film on January 5 and January 9. The screening celebrates the film's 20th anniversary and includes the Ghibli-animated music video "On Your Mark," which has not previously been released in North America.

GKids' screenings of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film ranked #5 at the United States box office in December. The screening celebrated the film's 15th anniversary and included the short film "Ghiblies: Episode 2," which had not previously been released in North America. GKids' theatrical release of Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro) film had grossed US$121,638 in the United States as of February 2016.

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