As The Boxtrolls enters it second weekend in release, Focus Features and Laika announced they have extended their collaboration.

The companies will partner on the next three Laika projects, as they have done on The Boxtrolls, Coraline and ParaNorman. Universal will remain the international distributor.

“I am very pleased to continue our relationship with our friends at Laika,” said 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,” said Laika president and 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.”

The Boxtrolls (pictured) opened last weekend and to date has grossed more than $19.5m in North America and a further $17.7m internationally.