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Demon Slayer: Record-breaking Japan’s anime film will be landing in the US

By Aswin Kumar

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train rose from 3rd to 2nd position for a number of tickets sold on its 20th weekend.

The film sold about 100,000 tickets over the weekend and earned 155,641,100 yen (about US$1.45 million) from Friday to Sunday which increases a percent of 5.5% and 3.3%, respectively, over the previous weekend’s numbers. It has now sold a total of 27.68 million tickets and earned a cumulative total of 38,140,817,550 yen (about US$356.8 million).

After 12 consecutive weeks of staying at the 1st position in the box office in Japan, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train was dropped at 2nd position during the January 9-10 weekend, and its 13th weekend.

The film ranked at 1st again in its 14th and 15th weekend but fell back down to 2nd in its 16th weekend, and stayed at 2nd in its 17th weekend. The film ranked fell at 3rd in its 18th and 19th weekends.

The film has already surpassed Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2002), which was its last rival for all-time highest earnings in Japanese box office history.

Spirited Away earned a cumulative total of 30.8 billion yen in its original run but has since earned a total of 31.68 billion yen after last summer’s revival screenings. The film has also surpassed Spirited Away

as the 1st highest-earning Japanese film of all time worldwide.

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train began its screening in 38 IMAX theatres in Japan on October 16.

The film had the highest opening weekend globally for the October 16-18 weekend. The film sold 3,424,930 tickets and earned 4,623,117,450 yen (about US$43.85 million) in Japan in its first three days. The film sold 910,507 tickets and earned over 1,268,724,700 yen (about US$12.03 million) on its opening day alone, making it the highest weekday opening day in Japan ever. 

Mugen Train began holding immersive MX4D and 4DX screenings on Saturday, December 26.

The main staff members of the previous television anime have returned for the sequel film. TOHO and Aniplex are handling the film’s distribution in Japan. 

Funimation and Aniplex of America will screen the film in theatres in North America in early 2021.

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