After releasing Oscar-nominated Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), and last weekend’s The Boxtrolls to acclaim, Focus Features and Portland-based animation studio LAIKA have extended their partnership for three more films. Under the deal Focus will again handle domestic distribution while Universal Pictures International handles international release.
“Focus and LAIKA are kindred spirits,” said LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight in a statement. “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.”
The companies’ first collaboration, 2009’s Coraline, earned over $124 million worldwide on a $60 million budget and nabbed Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Oscar nominations. It was named one of the year’s 10 best films by AFI. ParaNorman followed in 2012 also earning BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and Oscar nominations while taking in over $107 million globally. Last weekend The Boxtrolls debuted to $17.3 million in the biggest opening to date for LAIKA. It’s hit #1 in the UK two weeks in a row and outgrossed Coraline and ParaNorman in Australia, and has yet to unspool in additional markets worldwide.