Ghibli’s Arrietty has record-breaking U.S. release

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Karigurashi No Arietti (The Secret World of Arrietty")

Karig­urashi No Ari­etti (The Secret World of Arrietty”)

The Secret World of Arri­etty” will open on at least 1,200 screens in the United States, more than any pre­vi­ous Stu­dio Ghi­bli film.

Dis­ney, which dis­trib­utes Ghi­bli pic­tures in North Amer­ica, had Ponyo (2008) open on about 900 screens. Also in com­par­i­son, Sen To Chi­hiro No Kamikakushi (Spir­ited Away) opened on 750 screens.

I just want to do every­thing I can to help make sure peo­ple can go see them because they’re just mag­nif­i­cent films that are very dif­fer­ent than any other ani­mated films these days,” Pixar’s John Las­seter said in an interview.

Japan’s Stu­dio Ghi­bli has released ani­mated films that have met with huge suc­cess in for­eign mar­kets. But in spite of crit­i­cal plau­dits and strong mar­ket­ing assis­tance from the Walt Dis­ney Com­pany and Las­seter, these have met with only mod­est receipts at the Amer­i­can box office.

Released in 2010, Karig­urashi No Ari­etti (The Secret World of Arri­etty, The Bor­rower Arri­etty) is based on The Bor­row­ers, Mary Norton’s beloved children’s book about tiny peo­ple who live under the floor­boards of a house. The movie already has grossed over $126 mil­lion abroad.

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