Demon Slayer to be just the 2nd Japanese film to hit the US box office of the weekend – News

The Box Office Mojo site estimates that the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Mugen Train Movie the anime won US $ 6,399,846 to beat the new one Mortal combat film (US $ 6,200,000) and won their second game of the weekend at the US box office. (Both films saw a sharp drop in revenues of more than 70% from their first weekend.) If their positions hold after the final payoffs were announced on Monday, Demon slayer will only be the second Japanese film – and only the second animated film – to rank No.1 at the weekend box office in the United States. The first Japanese film was Pokémon: the first movie over 21 years ago.

Demon slayer is now the third highest grossing animated film of all time (unadjusted for inflation) in the United States with an estimate of US $ 34,118,776 on Sunday. It surpasses the old # 3, Dragon Ball Super: Broly (US $ 30,712,119), and only behind Pokémon: the first movie (US $ 85,744,662) and Pokémon 2000 – The Movie (US $ 43,758,684).

According to The Numbers website, Demon slayer is less than US $ 3.5 million overrun The eight hundred as the # 1 movie of 2020 worldwide.

Demon slayer won US $ 21,144,800 at the US box office in its first weekend, making it the second-highest opening ever in the US for an animated film (not adjusted for inflation), the highest U.S. opening for an animated film so far this year, and Funimationthe biggest three-day opening weekend to date. He placed No.2 in its opening weekend in the United States, behind Mortal combat (US $ 22,515,000 in 3,073 theaters).

Funimation and American Aniplex started screening Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Mugen Train Movie in Japanese theaters with English subtitles and English dubbing in North America on April 23, and the film will be released digitally on June 22. The film opened on more than 1,600 screens, including 4DX and IMAX theaters.

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Mugen Train Movie started screening in Japan on October 16. The film had the world’s highest opening weekend for the weekend of October 16-18. The film sold 3,424,930 tickets and earned 4,623,117,450 yen (approximately $ 43.85 million) in Japan in its first three days. The film sold 910,507 tickets and earned more than 1,268,724,700 yen (approximately $ 12.03 million) on the day it opened, making it the highest weekday opening day on record in Japan.

After 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 at the box office in Japan, the film fell to No. 2 over the weekend of January 9-10, its 13th weekend. The film had ranked in the top three weekly spots in Japan since then, until its 22nd weekend.

The film has passed Hayao miyazaki‘s 2002 Abducted as if by magic, its latest rival for the highest earnings in Japanese box office history. (Abducted as if by magic earned 30.8 billion yen when it first aired, but has since earned a total of 31.68 billion yen after the resumption screenings last summer.) The film also topped Abducted as if by magic as the # 1 highest paying Japanese film of all time in the world.

Sources: Box Office Mojo, The Numbers, The Wrap via Eiga News standings, Yaraon!

Marie A. Evans