Latest Ghibli film rakes in more than US$17.5 million so far.
Studio Ghibli manages to reassert its relevance in in the art and industry of animated films as its latest feature The Secret World of Arrietty (originally titled Karigurashi no Arrietty) earned US$17,557,00 (over PhP 749 million) as of March 11, making it the highest-grossing Ghibli film in US theaters and the fifth highest-grossing anime film so far, according to figures provided by Box Office Mojo.
The film, directed by Ghibli’s Hiromasa Yonebashi and distributed in North America by Walt Disney Pictures, bagged US$6,446,395 (almost PhP 280 million) as it opened in more than 1,500 theaters last February 17 and even ranked #9 in the box office that opening weekend. It has also made US$143,121,108 (more than PhP 6.15 billion) worldwide so far.
The Secret World of Arrietty now surpasses Ponyo and Spirited Away in the list of highest-grossing Ghibli films in the States.
|FILM||Full Earnings||Theaters||Opening Earnings||Theaters||Opening Date|
|The Secret World of Arrietty||US$17,557,000||1,522||US$6,446,395||1,522||Feb. 17, 2012|
|Ponyo||US$15,090,399||927||US$3,585,852||927||Aug. 14, 2009|
|Spirited Away||US$10,055,859||714||US$449,839||26||Sep. 20, 2002|
|Howl’s Moving Castle||US$4,711,096||202||US$427,987||36||May 10, 2005|
|Princess Mononoke||US$2,375,308||129||US$144,446||8||Oct. 29, 1999|
Arrietty is Ghibli’s animated film adaptation of Mary Norton’s 1952 novel The Borrowers which tells the story of Arriety along with the “little people” who live under the floorboards of a human family’s home and “borrow” food and other objects from “human beans.”
No announcements have been made on whether the film will be screened here in the Philippines.
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