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Focus Features and Laika Make Distribution Deal For Three New Movies

Focus Features and Laika Make Distribution Deal For Three New Movies

LAIKA and Focus
Features, the two companies behind the hit animated feature The Boxtrolls, will continue their
partnership on LAIKA’s next three projects. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel and LAIKA
President and CEO Travis Knight made the announcement today.

As with the
three movies that the companies have partnered on previously, Focus will
distribute the next three movies domestically, and Universal Pictures
International will release them overseas.

Focus opened
The Boxtrolls nationwide last weekend
to a $17.3 million gross, marking the biggest debut yet for a LAIKA movie. The Boxtrolls follows the successful and
acclaimed Focus and LAIKA animated films Coraline
(2009) and ParaNorman (2012), each of
which grossed over $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 United Kingdom, 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.

Mr. Schlessel commented, “I am
very pleased to continue our relationship with our friends at LAIKA. 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,” said Mr. 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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