42West Drives Performance and Global Interest for ‘The Boy and the Heron’ and ‘Godzilla Minus One’

The widely acclaimed animated feature film, “The Boy and the Heron,” is now Academy Award-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away”) and Studio Ghibli’s highest grossing film released in North America, earning an estimated total of $23.4 million in its second week in theaters. (The record was previously held by “Ponyo” which grossed $15.7 million.) A critical and box office success, this latest film from the legendary director also hit the milestone of highest grossing original (non-franchise IP) Japanese animated feature in North America – the record of which was previously held by Studio Ghibli’s own “The Secret World of Arrietty,” which ended at $19.5 million in local box office. “The Boy and the Heron” will continue to play in North American theaters through the holidays.

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