I'm a bit overdue for another box office update, but that's fine. Ponyo's momentum has died down, and its theatrical run is just about finished. I do hope it will continue to play in your local theaters for a while longer, but Disney has begun to ramp down the theater count, the ticket sales are dwindling, and interest on the web and this blog has slowed to a trickle. I'd say the party is pretty close to being over.
Still, let's be upbeat and hold our heads high. Ponyo is now Studio Ghibli's biggest success in the United States, and with limited exposure in our media-saturated landscape, this is probably the best we can hope for. The DVD and Blu-Ray will be successful and enjoy a long run, and this will, in turn, continue to build our community of Ghibli Freaks. That's my hope, at least.
As for me, I will continue to write about Ponyo and examine it from many angles, and I will continue to shout to the rafters that Ponyo deserves a Best Picture nomination. That should be our new rallying cry, and this mantra should be spread across the intertubes and shared among the members of the Motion Picture Academy. If you are a member and a voter, you need to begin making the case for Ponyo today. Not Best Animated Feature; it's a sorry ghetto category, and everybody knows it. Besides, Pixar always wins, and the field will be crowded with Disney (Princess and the Frog) and Dreamworks (Ice Age 3), as well as indie films like Coraline and Waltz With Bashir.
That's actually a pretty good assembly of animation features, but Ponyo stands above them all. And it's not just a "statement" or status vote to place Hayao Miyazaki's movie among the Best Picture nominees. It really, honestly, truly is the best movie of the year, and should finish on most critics' short lists for 2009.
Anyway, enough tilting at windmills from me. School's back in session (boo!), so let's look at Ponyo's numbers:
Per Screen: $554
Per Screen $977
Per Screen: $615
Per Screen: $192
Per Screen: $188
Note: I'll add in the Tuesday numbers as soon as the become available. Discuss!
Update 4:00pm: Tuesday's numbers are in.