To not much of a surprise, it seems that the live action version of Death Note is gaining some ground here in the US. Recently 300 theaters throughout the country showed for a few days the first movie of the three already made to date. A total of 65,000+ viewers came to watch as per The Varity Japan and Anime News Network. This was so much great news for the series that as now the second movie will also get the same treatment in the coming months and be sent out to limited theaters again.
In a related note, the Bleach 1st Movie is currently being shown in the theaters and I won't put it past them that that one will also get record viewings for its limited showing.
Yet more proof that anime is strong and continuing to grow in America. Plus, I'm pretty certain that in the near future we will see more anime shown in ALL theaters; not just these limited showings. (Much like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle was.)