Demon Slayer: Movie becomes 5th highest grossing in Japanese history

The film Demon Slayer — Kimetsu no Yaiba — The Movie: Mugen Train has been making history in Japan. Last Sunday (8), the anime reached the mark of 20.4 billion yen (about US$ 197 million) collected at the box office in theaters

With this collection, the anime Demon Slayer became the 5th most watched film in Japan’s history, surpassing 20.3 billion yen of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and the 3rd biggest anime of all time, leaving behind The Animated Castle (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro), by Hayao Miyazaki.

The biggest box office in the Asian country are: Chihiro’s trip (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi), also from Miyazaki; Titanic in 2nd; Frozen in 3rd; and Your Name (Kimi no na wa) on the 4th.

The expectation is that Demon Slayer: Mugen Train still climb a few positions in the rankings, as the film managed to raise 20 billion yen with just 24 days of screening. As a comparison, the leader of the list, Chihiro’s trip, reached the same mark 61 days after debuting in theaters.

With box offices around the world being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, movie theater revenue has been below par. Therefore, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is currently the 9th highest grossing office of 2020 around the world, standing below Birds of prey, from DC, which hit the $201 million mark.

Chinese animation Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification is the biggest animation of 2020, surpassing $240 million in revenue — a number that could be surpassed by Demon Slayer.

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