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Kubo and the Two Strings
Theatrical Performance (US$)
Panama Box Office $278,930Details
Worldwide Box Office $77,548,564Details
Home Market Performance
North America DVD Sales $4,273,584 Details
North America Blu-ray Sales $5,490,036 Details
Total North America Video Sales $9,763,620
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Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato, Akihiro, and Kameyo. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle, and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen — a magical musical instrument — Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and the evil twin Sisters, to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.


Movie Details

Production Budget:$55,000,000
Panama Releases: September 1st, 2016 (Wide)
Video Release: November 8th, 2016 by Focus Features
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.
(Rating bulletin 2428 (Cert #49911), 6/8/2016)
Running Time: 102 minutes
Keywords: Japan, Feudal Japan, Coming of Age, Dysfunctional Family, Animated Inanimate Objects, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Mental Illness, Faulty Memory, Curses
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Stop-Motion Animation
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Focus Features, Laika
Production Countries: United States


Art Parkinson    Kubo
Charlize Theron    Monkey
Matthew McConaughey    Beetle
Ralph Fiennes    Moon King
Rooney Mara    The Sisters
George Takei    Hosato
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa    Hashi
Brenda Vaccaro    Kameyo
Meyrick Murphy    Mari
Minae Noji    Minae

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Travis Knight
Screenwriter    Marc Haimes
Screenwriter    Chris Butler
Story by    Shannon Tindle
Story by    Marc Haimes
Producer    Arianne Sutner
Producer    Travis Knight
Editor    Christopher Murrie
Composer    Dario Marianelli
Director of Photography    Frank Passingham
Costume Designer    Deborah Cook
Character Designer    Shannon Tindle
Character Creator-Character Sculptor    Kent Melton
Visual Effects Supervisor    Steve Emerson
Animation Rigging Supervisor    Oliver Jones
Director of Rapid Prototyping    Brian McLean
Supervisor: Animation    Brad Schiff
Re-recording Mixer    Tim Chau
Sound Designer    Tim Chau
Supervising Sound Editor    Tim Chau

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2016/09/02 - $120,028   14 $8,573   $120,028 1
2016/09/09 - $69,594 -42% 16 $4,350   $219,224 2
2016/09/16 - $28,392 -59% 11 $2,581   $275,079 3
2016/09/23 - $955 -97% 4 $239   $278,930 4

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Argentina 9/2/2016 $156,874 100 110 254 $292,940 10/4/2016
Australia 8/19/2016 $515,080 244 244 1048 $1,551,788 1/18/2017
Austria 10/28/2016 $7,629 20 21 65 $29,642 11/29/2016
Belgium 9/28/2016 $58,624 66 66 178 $112,172 11/1/2016
Brazil 10/14/2016 $308,908 292 292 562 $567,167 12/29/2016
Bulgaria 12/9/2016 $18,584 0 0 0 $52,844 1/27/2017
Chile 9/15/2016 $33,015 41 41 88 $109,896 10/11/2016
China 1/13/2017 $3,040,000 34269 34269 43392 $6,180,000 2/4/2017
Colombia 9/1/2016 $0 0 103 166 $284,555 10/4/2016
Croatia 10/13/2016 $2,703 4 4 34 $9,852 12/21/2016
Czech Republic 10/6/2016 $49,965 98 98 288 $104,907 11/15/2016
Denmark 9/22/2016 $53,353 52 53 220 $169,384 11/8/2016
Finland 9/9/2016 $26,109 110 110 195 $59,894 11/8/2016
France 9/21/2016 $875,279 319 320 1752 $2,768,243 12/13/2016
Germany 10/28/2016 $168,000 256 256 826 $285,792 5/25/2017
Greece 9/22/2016 $85,326 89 89 313 $246,839 12/13/2016
Hong Kong 8/18/2016 $0 0 12 19 $139,996 9/27/2016
Hungary 10/6/2016 $23,314 44 55 196 $108,484 12/13/2016
Israel 8/18/2016 $0 0 22 157 $302,814 12/6/2016
Italy 11/4/2016 $328,887 273 273 611 $631,007 12/13/2016
Lithuania 10/7/2016 $20,030 141 141 316 $57,761 9/5/2017
Malaysia 8/26/2016 $136,771 69 69 227 $357,147 10/4/2016
Mexico 10/7/2016 $557,660 0 515 854 $1,293,190 11/8/2016
Netherlands 8/26/2016 $78,708 108 108 576 $351,436 11/1/2016
New Zealand 8/19/2016 $88,055 68 70 341 $313,433 11/15/2016
North America 8/19/2016 $12,608,372 3260 3279 16409 $48,023,088 10/11/2017
Norway 9/9/2016 $55,806 64 64 158 $154,905 11/29/2016
Panama 9/1/2016 $120,028 14 16 45 $278,930 9/27/2016
Peru 8/26/2016 $156,178 90 90 141 $334,202 10/4/2016
Philippines 10/12/2016 $13,890 13 13 16 $20,778 10/25/2016
Poland 12/2/2016 $72,012 128 129 458 $265,458 2/1/2017
Portugal 9/8/2016 $65,197 55 55 168 $165,368 10/25/2016
Russia (CIS) 10/20/2016 $585,397 530 530 1324 $970,385 11/22/2016
Singapore 9/8/2016 $201,515 29 29 106 $469,823 11/22/2016
Slovakia 9/30/2016 $1,108 13 55 195 $71,708 11/17/2016
Slovenia 10/6/2016 $9,454 10 10 70 $43,064 12/6/2016
South Africa 8/19/2016 $0 0 33 67 $80,267 10/11/2016
South Korea 10/21/2016 $0 0 100 279 $183,965 11/29/2016
Spain 8/26/2016 $396,068 323 323 1434 $1,840,228 12/21/2016
Sweden 9/23/2016 $110,501 96 96 275 $266,799 11/8/2016
Switzerland 9/21/2016 $21,488 19 34 182 $149,733 1/11/2017
Taiwan 8/19/2016 $90,000 49 49 109 $211,035 9/13/2016
Thailand 9/8/2016 $68,087 46 46 91 $140,867 9/27/2016
Turkey 10/28/2016 $98,903 94 95 234 $175,568 11/30/2016
United Arab Emirates 9/2/2016 $200,000 40 40 40 $200,000 9/5/2016
United Kingdom 9/9/2016 $1,118,954 520 520 3333 $4,076,521 2/1/2017
Venezuela 9/2/2016 $0 0 47 98 $44,131 10/18/2016
Rest of World $3,000,558
Worldwide Total$77,548,564 10/11/2017

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