The Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train wows on its 66th day at the Japanese box office.
The Mugen Train film sold over 23,175,884 tickets to earn 31,166,647,900 yen, about 301 million in US dollars.
Mugen Train is only 520 million yen, about 5.03 million in US dollars, from surpassing Hayao Miyazaki’s 2002 film Spirited Away.
The latter is Tanjiro’s last rival for all-time highest earnings in Japanese box office history. Spirited Away only earned 30.8 billion yen, about 297.5 million in US dollars in its original run.
Still, since it got its summer’s revival screenings, it got a total of 31.68 billion yen, about 305 million in US dollars.
“Spirited Away” is in danger to be slayed
The Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train may surpass the film Spirited Away as projected by Oricon.
Since Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train added about 900 million yen, nearly 9 million in US dollar this past week, Tanjiro and his demon-slaying friends can grab the title of Spirited Away.
The Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train is the second to reach 30 billion yen following the film Spirited Away in the Japanese Box Office.
But Mugen Train is the fastest film to reach the milestone since Spirited Away took 253 days to achieve it.
The flourishing film amid a pandemic
Last October 16, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train began its screening in 38 IMAX theaters in Japan.
And this Saturday, December 26, the said film will begin holding immersive MX4D and 4DX screenings.
The movie had the highest opening weekend globally for the October 16-18 weekend. The film sold over 3,424,930 tickets on its first three days.
And simultaneously, it earned 4,623,117,450 yen, about 43.85 million in US Dollars in Japan.
The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba film steams past 31․16 billion yen, could overtake Spirited Away this week! https://t.co/7h8mybhvb4
— Anime News Network (@Anime) December 21, 2020
On its opening day alone, the movie sold over 910,507 tickets and earned over 1,268,724,700 yen, about 12.03 million in US dollars, making it the highest-earning weekday opening day in Japan.
The main staff from the television anime Demon Slayer are returning for the sequel film. Aniplex and TOHO will be the ones handling the distribution in Japan.
And Funimation and Aniplex of America will screen the movie in North America in early 2021.
Image courtesy of Aniplex USA/YouTube Screenshot