Demon Slayer, Poupelle, Gintama, Pokémon, Promised Neverland Stay in Top 10 at Box Office
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train stayed at #2 in its 17th weekend. The film sold 92,000 tickets over the weekend, and earned 145,327,200 yen (about US$1.38 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film has sold 27.07 million tickets for a cumulative 37,179,382,650 yen (US$353.6 million).
After 12 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office in Japan, the film dropped to #2 during the January 9-10 weekend, its 13th weekend. During that weekend, the film sold 425,000 tickets and earned 677,783,450 yen (about US$6.57 million) from Friday to Sunday. The film returned to the #1 spot in its 14th weekend.
The film has surpassed 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.) The Demon Slayer film is now also at least the second highest-earning anime film of all time worldwide, topping your name.'s worldwide US$357,986,087 earnings.
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. MUGEN Train began holding immersive MX4D and 4DX screenings on Saturday, December 26.
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.
Studio 4°C's anime film of Akihiro Nishino's Poupelle of Chimney Town (Entotsu-chō no Poupelle) picture book stayed at #4 in its seventh weekend. The film earned 73,238,100 yen (about US$696,600) from Friday to Sunday. It has earned a cumulative total of 1,937,572,750 yen (about US$18.42 million).
The film ranked at #4 and earned 322,998,700 (about US$3.13 million) in its opening weekend. The film opened in Japan on December 25.
Yusuke Hirota (CGI director for Berserk films, Harmony) directed the film, with Nishino serving as production supervisor, original creator, and writer, while Atsuko Fukushima (Genius Party, Robot Carnival) designed the characters.
Gintama: The Final, the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, dropped from #3 to #5 in its fifth weekend. The film earned 68,379,400 yen (about US$650,400) from Friday to Sunday. It has sold more than 1 million tickets, and has earned a cumulative total of 1,415,817,100 yen (about US$13.46 million).
The film opened at #1 in Japan on January 8 and ended Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train's 12 consecutive weekends at the top of the Japanese box office. The film is based on the finale of the original manga, combined with new story elements.
The manga also inspired a new net anime special titled Gintama The Semi-Final with a story that will be a two-episode prequel to the film. The net anime premiered exclusively in Japan on the online dTV service on January 15. The film also has a novel by Mirei Miyamoto that shipped on January 8.
Sorachi's original "science-fiction period-drama comedy" manga began in 2003 and ended in June 2019 with over 55 million copies in circulation. The latest anime series premiered in July 2018. The manga has also inspired various original video anime (OVA), event anime, two live-action films, and two live-action net spinoffs. Viz Media published the manga's first 23 volumes in English.
Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (Gekijōban Pocket Monster Koko), the 23rd anime film in the Pokémon franchise, stayed at #7 in its seventh weekend. It earned 39,598,500 yen (about US$376,500) from Friday to Sunday. It has earned a cumulative total of 1,533,830,700 yen (about US$14.58 million).
The film ranked at #2 and earned 378,195,750 yen (about US$3.66 million) in its opening weekend. The film opened on December 25 in Japan. TOHO had originally planned to open the film earlier last year on July 10, but the staff delayed the film due to the spread of COVID-19.
The film will then open in the West in 2021.
The live-action film of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga dropped from #8 to #9 in its eighth weekend. It earned 28,718,950 yen (about US$273,100) from Friday to Sunday. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1,862,403,250 yen (about US$17.70 million).
The film earned 373,372,850 yen (about US$3.6 million) in its first three days. The film opened on December 18.
Shirai and Demizu launched The Promised Neverland manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in August 2016, and ended it on June 15. An anime adaptation premiered in January 2019. Aniplex of America streamed the anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, and HIDIVE as it aired. Toonami began airing the anime in April 2019. A second season of the anime was scheduled to premiere in October, but was delayed to January 7 due to the effect of COVID-19 on the production.