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'Demon Slayer' anime film is now Japan's highest-grossing film of all time dethroning Spirited Away

Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: Dec. 28, 2020 at 3:55 PM PHT (GMT+8)

The anime film sequel to the Demon Slayer TV anime series titled "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie - Mugen Train" is now officially the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan after surpassing the all-time sales of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away". The official Twitter of the anime adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge's "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" manga series has announced on Monday that the film has earned a box office revenue of 32,478,895,850 yen in a span of 73 days since the film's opening in Japanese theaters last October 16. The announcement also stated that film has received over 24 million admissions in Japan alone.

With the sales figure, the film has officially dethroned Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 animated film 'Spirited Away' with 30.8 billion yen of all-time sales.

On November 30, the film was considered as the 2nd highest-grossing film of all time in Japan after surpassing James Cameron's 1997 film "Titanic" earning a box office revenue of approx. 27.5 billion yen in a span of 45 days.

On November 24, the film ranked as the 3rd highest-grossing film of all time in Japan after surpassing 'Your Name.' and 'Frozen' earning a box office revenue of approx. 25.9 billion yen in a span of 39 days.

On November 16, the film has sold 17.5 million tickets with a box office revenue of over 23 billion yen in a span of 31 days surpassing Warner Bros.' 2001 film "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone".

On November 9, the film surpasses the 20 billion yen sales mark with 15,373,943 tickets sold in its 24 days in cinemas.

On November 2, the official website of Japan's MANTANWEB has reported that the film is now the 10th highest-grossing film of all time in Japan surpassing the 15.6 billion yen sales of James Cameron's 2009 film "Avatar" which falls to 11th rank. As of Sunday (Nov. 1), the Demon Slayer film generated a sales of 15.7 billion yen (about US$149 million) with 11 million tickets sold in Japanese theaters.

On October 31, its official Twitter had reported that the film sold a total of over 10 million tickets in a span of 16 days.

On October 25, the film sold a whopping 7,983,442 tickets in its first 10 days in cinemas earning the film a box office sales amounting to more than 10 billion yen (about US$102 million) and is considered as the fastest film to reach the 10 billion yen revenue mark in Japanese history on record even beating Hayao Miyazaki's 2011 animated film "Spirited Away" which earned the same revenue in a span of 25 days.

On October 19, the film was also considered as the highest grossing weekday opening for any film in Japan with over 3,424,930 tickets sold earning over 4.6 billion yen (about US$43.85 million) in its first 3 days since opening. It already surpassed the first 3-day box office revenue of the previous hit-animated films including Makoto Shinkai's "Your name." anime film which earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million) in its first 3 days of screening last July 2016, and his next movie "Weathering With You" with 1,643,809,400 yen (about US$15.22 million) first 3-day revenue last July 2019. It also reported that its has surpassed the first 3-day revenue of Disney's Frozen 2 in Japan which earned around US$18.2 million in its first 3 days of screening last November 2019.

The film premiered in over 400 local theaters and 38 IMAX theaters in Japan. It also been reported that theaters are screening the film up to 40 times a day due to demand and is expected to create another milestone in animation industry for the next weeks.

The film is already screening in Southeast Asia through the film distributor ODEX as early as November in selected countries and on early 2021 for the remaining SEA countries. It will also premiere in North American theaters as early as 2021 by Funimation and Aniplex of America.

Source: Demon Slayer Official JP Twitter

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