After two weekends spent back at the top in Japan as of Sunday, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is back to No. 2 in the Japanese box office in terms of tickets sold.
In South Korea, the film also ranked No. 2 on its opening weekend. It has earned the equivalent of US$880,000 (984,609,680 won) over the weekend. The first five days of the movie made a cumulative total of US$1.63 million (1,820,102,670 won). The film opened on January 27, Wednesday, in the country.
During the opening day of the anime in South Korea, it has sold 41.7% of all tickets. It also ranked No. 1 in advance ticket sales before its opening.
Initially, the film was scheduled for last December in South Korea. However, due to COVID-19, it was delayed to January 27.
This is the second time that the film dropped to No. 2. During the January 9-10 weekend in Japan, it stepped one step back from its No. 1 stint after 12 consecutive weeks. Fans celebrated once again during the 14th and 15th weekend as it returned to the No. 1 spot.
Demon Slayer made history as it surpassed Hayao Miyazaki’s 2002 Spirited Away. The said movie was the film’s last rival for all-time highest earnings in Japanese box office history. As of the moment, the Demon Slayer film is also at least the second highest-earning anime film of all time worldwide.
On October 16, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train began screening in Japan. The film’s earnings immediately skyrocketed as it had the highest opening weekend globally for the October 16-18 weekend.
The tickets sold in its first three days of the movie accumulated 3,424,930 and earned 4,623,117,450 yen (about USD 43.85 million) in Japan.
Meanwhile, for the sequel film, the prominent staff members of the previous television anime returned. The film’s distribution in Japan is handled by TOHO and Aniplex, while in early 2021, Funimation and Aniplex of America will screen the movie in North America.
Image courtesy of Aniplex USA/YouTube Screenshot
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