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Ghibli's Arrietty Earns US$18 Million After 5th Weekend

ANN: "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$233,000 during the March 16-18 weekend, its fifth weekend in American theaters. Arrietty's theater count dropped by 197 as 304 theaters continued to screen the film, and the film had a per-screen average of US$766. Ticket sales fell 44.2% from the fourth weekend.

With a current total of US$18,011,000, Arrietty remains the fourth highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States (although not when adjusted for inflation). It is about US$1.8 million below #3's Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (US$19,765,868)."

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SynGamer1725d ago

By far one of the weaker Ghibli movies. The pacing was off and the ending was definitely rushed :( Still a VERY cute movie :)

Ranma11725d ago (Edited 1725d ago )

How is this a shi**y movie, been getting rave reviews on rotten tomatoes, its at 90%

i will tell you what is a sh**ty and over rated ghibli movie.

spirted away, absolute rubbish that made no sense, its like someone took cocaine while making the movie. i saw no story in it.

though i only watched about 45 mins before giving up

SynGamer1725d ago

Let's see, we get very little backstory on the borrows themselves, and Shawn was extremely dull. Not to mention the voice actor was monotone the entire movie.

But really, it was the ending that solidified this movie as sub-par. It was completely rushed, which I'll leave it at that for those who haven't seen it yet. Suffice to say, it could have been much better.

Lavalamp1725d ago

C'mon, Arrietty. Here's hoping it at least breaks 20 Million before the end of it's theater run. Really want to see it pass Yu-Gi-Oh.

Ranma11725d ago

Am surprised, anime movies doesnt usually do that well in US

is anime becoming mainstream?

Lavalamp1725d ago

Nope, the success can be attributed to Disney, who backed the film with a strong marketing and a solid release window for the family-friendly that wasn't overshadowed by blockbusters.

koga881725d ago

I wish it would, but unfortunately it likely never will. Disney pushed the movie extremely hard as I've seen commercials and posters practically everywhere. It had practically no competition for child friendly shows as well until The Lorax came out.

Main_Street_Saint1725d ago

@ranma1, Not mainstream yet; still quite a niche market really which is why we won't see high grosses at the box office... yet.

The main problem is that here, in North America, anime is viewed the same way as American 'cartoons' just purely for children.

Ranma11725d ago

@lava

that tells me its becoming mainstream as disney is getting involved and now doing more marketing

koga881725d ago

Not really, Disney has backed previous movies from Ghibli before such as Ponyo, Spirited Away and a few others and none of them were ever as pushed as much as this was. It also helps that the art design was very down to Earth for the most part while some of Ghibli's previous works have been kinda off the wall.

SynGamer1725d ago

One could argue Anime has been mainstream for years, if not well over a decade. Anime has been sold in most media stores for some time now...as far as movies, Disney appears to have found it to be profitable enough to push these types of movies.

It's not mainstream until there's a TV show and more merchandise than we can count.

Main_Street_Saint1725d ago

@synGamer, I am going to have to, in some ways, disagree with you on anime's mainstream status here in America. While the market has grown considerably over the years; its appeal is still mostly a niche thing.

But I do think that it is still poised to possibly have larger gains in 5 years or so.

Simon_Brezhnev1724d ago

I hope they bring that Chinese family friendly animation film over. It was better than i expected. It's called The Tibetan Dog.