On November 8th, the Demon Slayer official Twitter account announced that the Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train, the sequel to the anime series Demon Slayer or Kimetsu no Yaiba, earned a box office revenue of about 20 billion yen (roughly $190 million USD). As a result, Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train earned the #5 spot as Japan’s highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing extremely popular movies such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke.
For those who haven’t seen the movie yet, Tanjiro Kamado and friends join Kyoujurou Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, in his investigation of the mysterious disappearances inside of a train. However, Enmu, one of the Twelve Kizuki, waits for them onboard the train with a fearsome trap in place.
The movie first released on October 16th in Japan and received an outstanding response from fans. That day alone sold over 900,000 tickets, which resulted in an earning of around 1 billion yen (roughly 12 million USD). Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train is officially the top film in Japan with the highest earnings on its opening day. From October 16th to the 18th, the movie sold around 3.5 million tickets, quadrupling earnings to around 4.6 billion yen (roughly 43 million USD).
The record-breakings, however, don’t stop there. Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train also earned the title of the fastest grossing film in Japan to reach over 20 billion yen, surpassing the previous record-holder, Spirited Away. In July 2001, Spirited Away released in theaters and sold 15 million tickets in 60 days. It also took 61 days for the movie to reach over 20 billion yen, making it the fastest grossing film in Japanese cinematic history at that time. However, Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train achieved that milestone in less than half of the time it took Spirited Away. Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train sold 15 million tickets and earned over 20 billion yen in just 24 days.
In terms of general movies released in Japan, Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train is #5, bumping Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to #6. In terms of solely anime movies, however, Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train is #3, right behind Your Name.
Worldwide, Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train continues to break more records. As of now, the movie is #9 in highest-grossing films of 2020, right behind Birds of Prey, which earned roughly $200 million USD. It is the only Japanese animated movie listed on the top 10 highest-grossing movies of 2020.
Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train is impressive with its record-breaking statistics. It’s needless to say that it may continue to break more records once it releases worldwide. TOHO and Aniplex are currently handling Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train’s distribution in Japan. Funimation and Aniplex of America will handle the movie’s distribution in North America. Fans can expect the movie to screen in North America sometime in early 2021.
Gabriella is a 21-year-old writer and artist from Texas and currently goes to university in New York. Her favorite anime shows include Mob Psycho 100, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, and Kill la Kill. In her free time, Gabriella likes to watch anime, read manga, and play the newest games on her Nintendo Switch.
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