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Awards and Notability Edit
Coraline was well received by critics. As of April 2012, the film has a 89% "Certified Fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and a 80 out of 100 at Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews." David Edelstein said the film is "a bona fide fairy tale" that needed a "touch less entrancement and a touch more . . . story":
A. O. Scott of The New York Times called the film "exquisitely realized" with a "slower pace and a more contemplative tone than the novel. It is certainly exciting, but rather than race through ever noisier set pieces toward a hectic climax in the manner of so much animation aimed at kids, Coraline lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling."
Box Office Edit
According to Paul Dergarabedian, a film business analyst with Media by Numbers, for the film to succeed it needed a box office comparable to Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which grossed $16 million its opening weekend and ended up making more than $192 million worldwide; prior to the film's release, Dergarabedian thought Laika "should be really pleased" if it made close to $10 million on its opening weekend.
In its US opening weekend, the film made $16.85 million, ranking third at the box office. It made $15 million on its second weekend, bringing its U.S. total up to $35.6 million, $25.5 million of which coming from 3D presentations. As of November 2009, the film had grossed $75,286,229 in the United States and Canada and $49,310,169 in other territories, making a total of $123,106,072 worldwide.
Plot Synopsis Edit
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- According to an interview with Dakota Fanning, Coraline was intended to be a live-action movie originally with her starring the role of Coraline, an idea she thought neat. It was then changed to animation, an idea she thought fun. But was ultimately decided to be a stop-motion animation with Dakota Fanning as Coraline's voice actor, which she thought different from what she's accustom to.
- The Other Father Song, played after the epilogue to the credits, was completely sung in Gibberish.
- A promotional contest for the movie, allowing for the recieving of multiple special edition "Coraline Dunks," by Nike, could be won through a contest on the website for Coraline. There was a special, hidden phrase that was required to enter the contest which was featured after the end credits of the movie: "To those in the know: Jerk Wad"; the code word for entering the contest.