New York, New York — January 4, 2012 — GKIDS, a distributor of award winning animation for both adults and family audiences, announced added screenings for their groundbreaking Studio Ghibli retrospective at New York’s IFC Center. The event opened at IFC on December 16, grossing $32,500 week one, $33,700 week two, and $43,900 for partial week three (through Tuesday). The event helped IFC set several single-day records for the complex (including biggest Monday, biggest Wednesday, and biggest Thursday) and contributed to the second busiest period since the theater opened.
With most shows selling out over the past weekend, IFC has added additional screenings of Princess Mononoke, Ocean Waves, Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and My Neighbor Totoro. The 25 year retrospective of films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli is running four weeks on a full schedule, though Thursday, Jan 12. Fifteen feature films produced between 1984 and 2009 are included in both the subtitled and English dubbed versions (when available), with subtitled film playing evening screenings 6pm and later. Tickets for all films are now on sale at www.gkids.tv/intheaters
GKIDS recently entered into agreement with Studio Ghibli to handle North American theatrical distribution for their library of animated features. Following the IFC Center engagement, the retrospective opens LA on January 26 to February 12 with American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater and Aero Theater, with subsequent engagements scheduled in Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, and other major North American markets throughout 2012. GKIDS is also planning limited releases of select Studio Ghibli titles, many of which have never been released theatrically in the US, beginning late 2012.