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Demon Slayer Film Sells 8.78 Million Tickets Outside Japan

posted on by Alex Mateo
Mugen Train earns 8 billion yen in 19 countries

The Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime has earned about 8.1 billion yen (about US$74.9 million) worldwide outside Japan, selling about 8.78 million tickets in 19 countries so far.

The film opened in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau on October 30 and earned around 2.9 billion yen (about US$26.8 million), selling approximately 3.31 million tickets. In Taiwan, the film holds the record for the highest box office revenue for an animated film. The film opened on November 12 in Southeast Asia, earning around 800 million yen (about US$7.4 million), selling about 1.53 million tickets. The movie holds the record for highest box office revenue for an anime film in Singapore.

The film has earned a cumulative total of 1.7 billion yen (about US$15.7 million), selling about 1.82 million tickets, in South Korea since it opened on January 27. The film was originally scheduled to open in South Korea in December, but it was delayed to January 27 due to concerns about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The movie has earned around 400 million yen (about US$3.7 million) in Australia and New Zealand, selling approximately 330,000 tickets.

The film earned US$21,144,800 (about 2.2 billion yen) at the U.S. box office, which makes it the second-highest ever U.S. opening for an anime film (unadjusted for inflation), the highest U.S. opening for an animated film so far this year, and Funimation's largest three-day opening weekend to date. Pokémon: The First Movie holds the anime film record for the highest U.S. opening with US$31,036,678 million earned at the box office in 1999.

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train ranked at #2 in its opening weekend in the U.S., behind the new Mortal Kombat film (US$22,515,000 in 3,073 theaters).

Funimation and Aniplex of America began screening Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train in theaters in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub in North America on April 23, and will release the film digitally on June 22. The film opened on over 1,600 screens, including in 4DX and on IMAX cinema.

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train began screening 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 film has sold a total of 28.76 million tickets for 39.7 billion yen (about US$367.4 million) in Japan as of April 18.

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. The film had ranked in the top three spots weekly in Japan since then, until its 22nd 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 last summer's revival screenings.) The film has also surpassed Spirited Away as the #1 highest-earning Japanese film of all time worldwide.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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