‘Boxtrolls’ Opens at #1 in the UK and #2 in Mexico


While there are currently no wholly animated films in the top ten of the U.S. box office, Laika’s The Boxtrolls began its foreign rollout across eight territories last weekend.

The film scored a first-place debut in the UK with $3.4 million. The debut pales in comparison to the $13.3 million UK debut of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the $13.5 million debut of The LEGO Movie, but is similar to Laika’s previous UK openings: $3.7 million for Coraline and $2.3 million for ParaNorman.

In Mexico, Boxtrolls bowed in second place with $1.8 million. In Sweden, Boxtrolls opened in fourth place with $168,000 from 111 theaters, while in Denmark, the film debuted in the sixth spot with $83,000 from 55 theaters. Both the Swedish and Danish openings were the best-ever for a Laika film in those markets. The film’s total gross to date is $5.7 million.

The Boxtrolls, directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, will be released in the U.S. on September 26.

(source: Deadline)

  • James VanDam

    Awesome!!!! Go laika!.

  • noxmoony

    GO Laika GO!!

  • Impheatus

    I’m in Mexico, and alredy watched this movie.
    I have to say it is amazing! Incredible animation, excellent characters and gorgeous art direction. It made me feel the same charm that I felt when I first watched How to Train Your Dragon.
    This movie needs to get more audience.

  • Max C.

    Boxtrolls wasn’t close to the perfection Laika achieved with Coraline and ParaNorman, as it felt too corny at times, but it was still fun, inventive and unapologetically silly, and it continued Laika’s ability to cleverly reach everything limited to what is deemed suitable for children (despite it being rated PG for the same reason many other PG ‘toons are).

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    I still don’t understand when films release a film to a foreign market before domestic… but what the heck, I’m glad Box Trolls is doing well! Can’t wait to see it here!

  • Perm Olymp

    Goddamnit, it’s no fair :( Foreigners already have it, yet US doesn’t

  • http://the-animatorium.blogspot.com/ Natalie Belton

    Interesting that Laika released it in other countries first. Are they hoping for word of the film to spread by mouth? Those are some pretty solid openings for a small studio.

    • AmidAmidi

      The majority of animated features nowadays open in at least some foreign countries before the US.

      • http://the-animatorium.blogspot.com/ Natalie Belton

        That makes a lot sense. Seems like the suits have finally started smarting up on something.

      • Barrett

        I remember when it was the other way around; stuff released in the U.S. would come out weeks or even months later overseas. My guess is they do that to try to cut down on piracy digging into the bottom line of the overseas box office numbers. Since the first 2-3 weeks are the most critical, avoiding the U.S. for a couple of weeks gives the foreign venues a better chance of people actually paying to see it.