Arrietty's Opening Weekend in France
Courtesy of Box Office Mojo, we have the box office returns for the week of January 12-16, which includes the opening weekend for Arrietty the Borrower. Playing on 205 screens, Arrietty earned $1,406,549 and landed at fifth place on the charts. Season of the Witch (blech), the week's top earner, made $2,749,309, so that should give you a general idea of the larger picture.
I'm not an expert on France's movie business, so I can't yet say where Arrietty stands or how long its run will last. According to the records, Ponyo grossed $6,901,818 during its French run. Animation has a very strong tradition in that country, and it is a stronghold for not only Studio Ghibli, but the entire Miyazaki-Takahata canon. Takahata, for example, makes regular appearances there, and many of their films are given theatrical runs.
I would really like to hear what the Ghibli fans in France have to say. What were your impressions of the movie? Were the theaters packed? Is there a lot of positive buzz?