The Boxtrolls had the biggest opening ever for a film from Laika, though not by much. Coraline opened at $16.8 million, but in 1,165 fewer theaters, and thus had a far higher per-theater average ($7,329 versus Boxtrolls’ $4,980). The Boxtrolls continued well overseas, picking up an additional $5.1 million from 17 international territories, for a foreign total of $17.7 million.
The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs, since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher, who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.
The Boxtrolls is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and based on the book Here There Be Monsters by Alan Snow. The film premiered in Los Angeles on September 21, and in general release on September 26, 2014.
Laika Entertainment is a stop-motion studio based in Portland Oregon, originally called Will Vinton Studios. Vinton was ousted in 2002, and the studio was restructured by Phil Knight (of Nike fame).