Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train has created history in Japan. It has now become the biggest IMAX release ever in the country.
According to Deadline, anime film Demon Slayer has shattered box-office records in Japan since its release. And it’s continuing to do that even now!
Toho/Aniplex revealed the big news on Monday and reported 17.5 million admissions (includes repeat viewings). The film has so far collected more than $223 million domestically.
Demon Slayer reaching the top spot in Japan
The anime blockbuster is ruling all rivals at the box-office right now in the country. Firstly, it surpassed Bohemian Rhapsody in the IMAX release format on Monday. The Freddie Mercury biopic earned $13 million in Japan in 135 days. On the other hand, Demon Slayer has grossed more than 14 million under 30 days only.
Secondly, Mugen Train is now rapidly approaching Spirited Away to become the best movie of all time in Japan. The latter is currently the highest-grossing release ever, sitting on the top of the list.
As of now, Mugen Train is the fifth biggest film of all time in the country. However, it will soon overtake past record-breakers with ease. These titles include Your Name, Frozen, and Titanic.
Performance of International releases amid a pandemic
Speaking of big movies in other nations, China’s war drama The Sacrifice is doing well in the domestic market. It’s so far generated an impressive total of $150 million, in which $7.8 million is just from IMAX ticket sales.
Another milestone for China is that it will beat North America for the first time in a calendar year in box-office revenue. Last Monday saw the country crossing the figure of $2.3 billion from its movies. So the end of 2020 will see the Middle Kingdom has a higher collection total than North America. All this is due to COVID-19, no doubt, that’s affected Hollywood in a hard way.
DreamWorks Animation/Universal’s The Croods: A New Age is about to release in China before the year-end. And Zhang Yimou’s One Second is also arriving on Nov. 27.
Internationally, Universal/Blumhouse’s Freaky did make an impact on the recent weekend. The body-swap movie earned $1.9 million from 20 regions across the globe. It did quite well in Australia, though, compared to other markets.
The horror/thriller is expected to do great this weekend as well in seven overseas regions. It’s crucial to note since it will be impressive to witness such performance since the pandemic began. The worldwide total of this title for this week is projected at $5.2 million, which is not bad in current circumstances.
But all in all, it’s the Demon Slayer movie that’s actually shook the rest of the box-office experts. Because in just its domestic market, the performance shows as if there’s no COVID-19 at all. It’s really a positive sign for upcoming releases, at least in Japan.
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