New Studio Ghibli Animated Film Tops Box Office in North America

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film “The Boy and The Heron” has taken the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, with an estimated take of $12.8 million, according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations.

This marks the highest opening weekend for a Studio Ghibli film, the statement from Exhibitor Relations said.

The movie follows the story of 11-year-old Mahito, who moves to the countryside to live with his father after the death of his mother in a fire. There, he meets a gray heron who becomes his guide in an epic adventure.

In second place at the box office is “Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” followed by “Godzilla Minus One,” “Trolls 3,” and the latest film from Disney Studios, “Wish.”

The rest of the top 10 includes “Renaissance: A film by Beyonce,” “Napoleon,” “Waitress,” “Animal,” and “The Shift.”

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