The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Opens in Three Theaters With US$51,700

Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya has earned an opening weekend gross of US$51,700 in North America. The film opened at the IFC Center in New York City, ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, and TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. It had a per-screen average of US$17,233, which is the third highest of the weekend.

The film will be shown in these three theaters until at least October 23, 2014. It will then open in multiple other North American theaters over the next few weeks.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Screenings Expand Across North America

GKids has announced more screenings for Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya anime film.

The release schedule includes:

October 24, 2014
San Francisco, CA: AMC Metreon
San Francisco, CA: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Irvine, CA: Regal Edwards University Town Center
Berkeley, CA: Landmark Shattuck Cinema
Santa Cruz, CA: The Nick
Portland, OR: Regal Fox Tower
Seattle, WA: Landmark Harvard Exit
Phoenix, AZ: Harkins Camelview
Nelson, British Columbia: Civic Theatre

October 31, 2014
San Diego, CA: Reading Gaslamp Stadium
Philadelphia, PA: Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
Baltimore, MD: The Charles
Charlotte, NC: Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium
Atlanta, GA: UA Tara Cinemas
Austin, TX: Regal Arbor
Dallas, TZ: Angelika Film Center
Honolulu, HI: Kahala Theatres
Vancouver, British Columbia: Vancity Theatre

November 7, 2014
Providence, RI: Cable Car Cinema
Amherst, MA: Amherst Cinema
Cincinnati, OH: TBA
Raleigh, NC: The Raleigh Grande
Knoxville, TN: Regal Downtown West
Memphis, TN: TBA
Santa Fe, NM: CCA Santa Fe
Tucson, AZ: The Loft Cinema
Bellingham, WA: Pickford Film Center

November 14, 2014
Madison, WI: Sundance Cinemas
New Haven, CT: Bowtie Criterion Cinemas
Ithaca, NY: Cinemapolis Theater
Charlottesville, VA: Regal Downtown Mall
Nashville, TN: The Belcourt
Key West, FL: Key West Film Festival
Salt Lake City, UT: Broadway Centre Cinemas
Victoria, British Columbia: The Vic Theatre

November 28, 2014
Hartford, CT: Real Art Ways

December 12, 2014
Columbus, OH: Sundance Cinemas

Most theaters will show the English-dubbed version during screenings before 7:00 p.m., and the English-subtitled version after 7:00 p.m. However, GKids advises moviegoers to check local theater listings to be sure.

New York City’s IFC to Screen The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Film distributor GKIDS will be screening Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya at New York City’s IFC Center on Friday, October 3, 2014 as part of the New York Super Week. Tickets are currently on sale for the 6:30 p.m. screening.

The film will screen in Japanese in English subtitles this week before opening again on October 17, 2014 at IFC, the Arclight Hollywood theater in Los Angeles, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox theater in Toronto. Those screenings will be in both Japanese and with an English dub.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Wins Audience Award at Fantastic Fest

GKids has announced that Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya anime film won the Audience Award at Texas’ Fantastic Fest.

The distributor said on Twitter they are “super proud” and “honored” by the win. GKids also added, “I] can’t tell [you] how many conversations I’ve had with theaters wondering if ‘core’ Ghibli fans would ‘get’ the film’s ideas and themes. Looks like a whole buncha people got it to me, yeah?”

English Dub Trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya begins its North American theatrical run on October 17, 2014. To promote the theatrical run, an English dub trailer has been released for the film.

The trailer is available for streaming online, and I am embedding it below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Toronto Film Festival Hosting North American Premiere of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Toronto International Film Festival will be hosting the North American premiere of Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya anime film as well as Mami Sunada’s The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness documentary about Studio Ghibli.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya will premiere in English subtitles on September 5, 2014, and Isao Takahata will be present for the screening. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness will premiere on September 8, 2014.

The Toronto International Film festival has posted a trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which I am embedding below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Studio Ghibli Is Not Closing Down at This Time

Anime News Network is reporting that Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki appeared on the TBS program Jonetsu Tairiku to discuss the studio’s future after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films.

During the interview, Suzuki discussed the changes that the entire studio is undergoing at the studio’s shareholders meeting; he mused that some of these changes could include dismantling the production department. While there has been some talk of dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki said the studio is considering “housecleaning” or restructuring for now. The end result would be “rebuilding” the studio in order to create an environment for the next generation.

Suzuki also said during the interview: “On what to do with Studio Ghibli’s future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever. However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here.”