Only $41,200. Ouch. To be sure, Tales From Earthsea played only in a handful of cities, with no advertising and little to no press. I doubt most American Ghibli Freaks even know the movie was playing at all. Heck, I'm still surprised Minneapolis-St. Paul didn't get a screening. We always seem to get every anime movie that comes to the States.
This was a "contractual obligation" release, and largely for the sake of qualifying for awards. I would expect a nod in the Best Animation Feature category at next year's Oscars, if only because this is Studio Ghibli, and 2010 is a very slow year for animation. Toy Story 3, of course, will walk away with the Oscar, to no one's surprise.
Fortunately, I think we shall see Goro Miyazaki's Earthsea movie on DVD soon, alongside Nausicaa and at least one other title from the catalog.