GKIDS Announces Studio Ghibli’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” Crosses $3 Million in North American Box Office in Just 5 Days for the 2023 Edition of Studio Ghibli Fest

Published by News Room on Sep 28, 2023 8:05 PM



Beloved Classic Film from Master Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki Marks Milestone as Studio Ghibli Fest’s Highest- Grossing Event Ever

NEW YORK (September 28, 2023) – GKIDS announced today that HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, the beloved film from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, has earned over $3.2 million in North American box office in partnership with Fathom Events during STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2023. The annual event re-released the film in over 1,000 North American theatres from September 23-27 and scored the number three box office position on September 27 and was first in per screen average. Presented by GKIDS and Fathom Events, the 2023 edition of the annual STUDIO GHIBLI FEST brings Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s full feature film catalog back to North American cinemas, and concludes with a bring-back of the Academy Award®-winning masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY, which screens October 28-November 1in theaters across North America.

To date, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2023 has generated over $13 million in box office across ten titles, and has garnered over $40 million since the annual event’s debut in 2017. This year’s screenings are available across 1,028 theaters in North America. Tickets for the remaining STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2023 events can be purchased online now by visiting FathomEvents.com, GhibliFest.com or at participating theater box offices.

Continuing the celebration of films from master filmmaker and legend, Hayao Miyazaki, GKIDS will also release his highly anticipated new feature film, THE BOY AND THE HERON, wide across North American theatres on December 8th, 2023. As with previous Studio Ghibli titles, the film will be shown in its original Japanese with English subtitles, as well as a new English language version. THE BOY AND THE HERON made its international premiere to critical acclaim as the Opening Night Gala Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, and held its European premiere as the Opening Night Feature of San Sebastian Film Festival. The film will make its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival this weekend, and will hold its UK premiere at BFI London.


All event listings are in local time

Spirited Away

  • Saturday, October 28 at 3:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
  • Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 PM (English Dubbed) and 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)
  • Monday, October 30 at 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)
  • Tuesday, October 31 at 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
  • Wednesday, November 1 at 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)

About Fathom Events

Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.


Celebrating its 15th anniversary, GKIDS is the producer and distributor of artist-driven and award-winning animation from around the world. The company has scored an astounding 12 Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, My Life as a Zucchini in 2017, The Breadwinner in 2018, Miraiin 2019, and Wolfwalkers in 2021. GKIDS handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with the titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others; as well as the critically acclaimed television series, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Also, GKIDS is the founder and host of ANIMATION IS FILM, the annual LA-based film festival which embraces animation as a cinematic art form, and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of the medium to its fullest range of artistic expressions.


About Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed and influential animation studios in the world, inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike over the last 30 years with beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Under the brilliance of visionary animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio’s films are known for timeless classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Ponyo; and have won countless international awards including an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as five additional Oscar® nominations for Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There, and The Red Turtle. Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures paid tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opened in September 2021.

GKIDS Announces Studio Ghibli’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” Crosses $3 Million in North American Box Office in Just 5 Days for the 2023 Edition of Studio Ghibli Fest