We are now entering weekend #3 for Ponyo, and it does appear that we will break that crucial $10 million record! Yaayy! I think I'll head out today and see it again at the Edina Lagoon. For now, however, let's get caught up with the Box Office Mojo numbers from Wednesday and Thursday. The movie is holding very steady, just rumbling in the background at its own pace.
So the question now becomes, when Ponyo breaks $10 million, did its box office performance live up to your expectations? Was there anything that could have been done differently? Would it have helped to place the previews alongside some different movies, like UP or Harry Potter? Would it have helped if Disney released some subtitled prints in the major cities? Was there really a "backlash" at all, and how did the great anime community respond to Ponyo? I'm curious to hear everyone's ideas.
As for me, I'm going to play the aspiring optimist and call Ponyo a success in the States.
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