Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train has performed so well at the Japanese box office overtaking Titanic to become the region’s number two all-time hit, according to reports by distributor Aniplex.
Mugen Train, also known as Demon Slayer: Infinity Train, is a 2020 Japanese anime film based on the shōnen manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba by Koyoharu Gotōge. Ever since the anime came to TV, it has become a popular fan favourite alongside the likes of Fire Force.
The film, which is directed by Haruo Sotozaki and produced by Ufotable has enjoyed massive success this year and is a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series. It was released on October 16, 2020, in Japan, with widespread success, becoming the highest-grossing Japanese film of the year.
The Demon Slayer manga alone has sold more than 100 million copies in all formats, including digital, the film has earned $264 million (UGX 977,783,400,000) from 20.5 million admissions as of Nov. 29, some 45 days since its opening on Oct. 16.
The record exceeds the $251 million “Titanic” made in Japan in 1997, which was then the all-time record. In 2001 Miyazaki Hayao’s animated fantasy “Spirited Away” ascended to the historic top spot with $295.5 million (UGX 1,092,598,875,000).
Last week, “Demon Slayer” moved into the number three slot past “Frozen,” which earned $245 million in 2014 and the Shinkai Makoto anime “Your Name” which grossed $240 million in 2016. It needed only 15 days following its release to reach the JPY10 billion ($96 million) milestone, compared to 25 days for “Spirited Away.”
Demon Slayer becomes top-grossing film at the Japanese box office
The “Demon Slayer” comic began running in “Shukan Shonen Jump” magazine in 2016. The story focuses on a boy who turns demon slayer after his family is killed and his sister kidnapped by demons.
The comic previously inspired a TV anime series that ran from April to September 2019 in Japan. Aniplex, which is wholly owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan, has also been distributing the series on the Netflix, Amazon and Hulu platforms.
Tanjiro Kamado and his friends from the Demon Slayer Corps accompany Kyōjurō Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, to investigate a mysterious series of disappearances occurring inside a seemingly infinitely-long train. Little do they know that Enmu, the last of the Lower Moons of the Twelve Kizuki, is also on board and has prepared a trap for them.
The “Demon Slayer” movie is set for a North American release in early 2021, with Aniplex of America and Funimation distributing.