Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Film Is Only 520 Million Yen From Overtaking Spirited Away
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime has sold 23,175,884 tickets to earn 31,166,647,900 yen (about US$301 million) as of Sunday, its 66th day in the Japanese box office. The film is only 520 million yen (about US$5.03 million) away from surpassing Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 Spirited Away, its last rival for all-time highest earnings in Japanese box office history. (Spirited Away earned 30.8 billion yen in its original run, but has since earned a total of 31.68 billion yen after this summer's revival screenings.)
Oricon projects that since Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train added about 900 million yen (about US$9 million) this past week, it may be able to surpass Spirited Away this week. Mugen Train will begin holding immersive MX4D and 4DX screenings on Saturday, December 26.
Mugen Train is the first film since Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 Spirited Away film to earn more than 30 billion yen at the Japanese box office. Mugen Train is also the fastest to reach the milestone, since Spirited Away took 253 days to reach it.
Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train began screening in 38 IMAX theaters 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.
The main staff members of the previous television anime 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 theaters in North America in early 2021.