Laika/Focus Reteam for Three More Features

Laika and Focus Features have renewed their distribution pact, with Focus distributing the next three stop-motion features domestically, and Universal Pictures International handling overseas. This is good news given the regime change at Focus and excellent box office start for The Boxtrolls, the Oscar contender which grossed $17.3 million last weekend, the biggest debut yet for Laika.

The Boxtrolls follows the successful and acclaimed Focus and Laika animated films ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009), each of which grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Coraline earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI) with an AFI Award. ParaNorman was cited as best animated feature film by more critics’ groups than any other 2012 animated feature; and earned BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature Film.

The Boxtrolls has also been released in 16 international territories to date, including the UK, where it was #1 at the box office for two weeks in a row; and Australia, where after just over two weeks it has already grossed more than either Coraline or ParaNorman did during their entire runs.

“I am very pleased to continue our relationship with our friends at Laika,” commented Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel. “Travis and his company have elevated the art of animated films and we are proud to be part of their success.”

“Focus and Laika are kindred spirits,” added Laika president/CEO Travis Knight. “Over eight years and three films we’ve forged an incredible bond over a shared love for, and commitment to, bold, distinctive, and enduring stories. Peter and his superlative team have created a welcoming home for original voices and enriching, challenging filmmaking. They’re the bravest studio in the world. We look forward to many ongoing cinematic adventures with our Focus/Universal family. The best is yet to come.”

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