“Demon Slayer” 1st Japanese film in the top 40 rating. yen at the box office

A hit animated film based on the popular manga series “Demon Slayer” became the first film in Japan to surpass 40 billion yen ($ 368 million) in box office sales, reaching 40.01 billion yen, distributors said on Monday.

“Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train” became the highest grossing film in Japanese box office history on December 26, 72 days after its October release, grossing $ 32.12 billion. yen and topping the Oscar “Spirited Away” by Japanese anime creator Hayao Miyazaki, which grossed 31.68 billion yen.

Provided image of the hit animated film “Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train”. (Copyright Koyoharu Gotoge / Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable) (Kyodo)

It also broke box office records in the wider Asia-Pacific region and continued its record-breaking streak in the North American market with an opening of $ 21,144,800 in April, the biggest debut of a film. in a foreign language in the history of the American box office. , according to the film’s American distributors.

The globally successful manga series the film is based on is set in Japan around 100 years ago and tells the story of a teenage boy battling human-eating demons while seeking a cure for his demon-turned sister. It has been translated into several languages.

The film centers on the efforts of hero Tanjiro Kamado, his sister and fellow demon slayers, to save the lives of passengers aboard a train. In total, it has grossed 51.7 billion yen worldwide so far, according to Aniplex Inc., which distributes the film with Toho Co.

Accumulating more than 10 billion yen in its first 10 days in Japanese theaters, the most on record, “Demon Slayer” also drew record audiences on weekends for 14 weeks in total and was still in the top 10 Sunday, according to the classification of films reported by Kogyo Tsushinsha.

The film directed by Haruo Sotozaki is based on the manga series by Koyoharu Gotoge which was published on the Weekly Shonen Jump between 2016 and 2020.

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Marie A. Evans