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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Anime Film Sells 6.3 Million Tickets for 8.6 Billion Yen in 24 Days

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Prequel is now #64 film in Japanese box office history after topping Back to the Future III, Shin Godzilla

The Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 anime film has sold 6,288,404 tickets for 8,576,429,150 yen (about US$74.9 million) in the 24 days since it opened on December 24. The film ranked at #2 in its fourth weekend.

The film is now the 64th highest-earning film in Japanese box office history, after topping such films as Back to the Future Part III, Shin Godzilla, and Stand By Me Doraemon. The film earned about 800 million more yen (about US$7 million) in the past week.

The film is still outpacing last year's highest earning film Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time, which sold 4,513,374 tickets for 6,898,613,200 yen (about US$60.3 million) in its first 28 days. The final Evangelion film eventually ended its Japanese box office run with a final total of 10.22 billion yen (about US$88 million).

Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 earned 2,694,128,150 yen (about US$23.5 million) in its first three days, and topped the box office chart for its opening weekend. The film also has IMAX screenings.

The film is based on Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Kōtō Senmon Gakkō (Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School) manga prequel story, with MAPPA animating again and TOHO distributing. Viz Media released the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga in January 2021, and it describes the story:

Yuta Okkotsu is a nervous high school student who is suffering from a serious problem—his childhood friend Rika has turned into a Curse and won't leave him alone. Since Rika is no ordinary Curse, his plight is noticed by Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Jujutsu High, a school where fledgling exorcists learn how to combat Curses. Gojo convinces Yuta to enroll, but can he learn enough in time to confront the Curse that haunts him?

Megumi Ogata voiced the main character Yuta Okkotsu, and Kana Hanazawa voiced the character Rika Orimoto.

The Jujutsu Kaisen television anime premiered in October 2020, and it had 24 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Asia as the anime aired in Japan, and has also streamed dubs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.

Update: The film ranked at #2 in its fourth weekend at the Japanese box office. Additionally, the Dolby Cinemas edition of the Galaxy Express 999 film ranked at #1 on the mini-theater rankings for the weekend.

Sources: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web, Oricon

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