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'Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen' Becomes Highest-Grossing Film in Japanese Box Office History

by ImperfectBlue
Dec 27, 2020 8:07 PM | 55 Comments
The Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Mugen Train) film surpassed Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) in total Japanese box office revenue this weekend to become the highest-grossing film in the country's history. It grossed roughly 1.312 billion yen (approx. US$12.67 million) last week—a week that included its MX4D and 4DX premieres on December 26—for a cumulative total exceeding 32.47 billion yen (approx. US$313.5 million) from over 24 million tickets sold.

The film premiered on October 16 and had a historic start to its theatrical run, setting a box office record in Japan for a film's first ten days, and totalling 23.35 billion yen (approx. US$225.4 million) in revenue through its first 30 days. The total made it the fifth-highest grossing film ever in Japan as of November 16, and by November 30 it trailed only Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi among Japan's highest-grossing films.

Oricon reported on December 14 that it exceeded 30 billion yen (approx. US$289.6 million) in box office revenue following showings the previous week, joining Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi as the only films to do so in Japan. The next day, distributor Toho revealed an additional 880 million yen (approx. US$8.5 million) in sales for the latter linked to screenings held in 2020, pushing its total to 31.68 billion yen (approx. US$305.9 million) and briefly delaying Kimetsu no Yaiba's bid for the top spot.

ufotable's Kimetsu no Yaiba film adapts Mugen Ressha-hen (Infinity Train arc) from Koyoharu Gotouge's supernatural action manga. The film continues the story from the television anime adaptation that aired for two cours from April to September in 2019. Serialization of the manga concluded in May after a four-year run in Weekly Shounen Jump, and the 23rd and final compiled volume shipped on December 4. The manga has a cumulative 120 million copies of its volumes in circulation.

The franchise is being considered a social phenomenon in Japan, and Dai-ichi Life Research Institute Inc. estimated that its economic impact had exceeded 270 billion yen (approx. US$2.606 billion) as of December 5. Cinema Cafe analyzed tweets related to Kimetsu no Yaiba dating back to 2018, and found that the more than 15 million tweets in 2020 were not only 47 times the figure for 2018, but also more than double the cumulative total for the Haikyuu!!, Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia), Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, and Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland) series in 2020. The number of Kimetsu no Yaiba tweets in the month following the film's release was roughly 3.7 times the number sent in the month prior, and the total for the two months exceeded the number sent in all of 2019.

Source: Oricon News

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Glad to hear that , Ufotable really did an amazing job with demon slayer !

May 11, 1:00 PM by PhoenixEclipse

What can you expect from a movie that gave us just what we wanted? I need moaaaarrrrr

10/10.

May 11, 6:45 AM by D4rKNiGhT

After reading all those numbers, the sad thing about this news is that animators and production staff won't get a single more penny than what they already earned.

There should be like few percent profit for production staff whether it's a hit or miss. If not that then at-least some damn good wages for all the hard work they do.

komecoll said:
kimetsu no Yaiba is the most and best ever created anime in history and it also surpassed fullmental alchamist brotherhood in terms of creativity

lol

Apr 11, 3:09 PM by Han-yuu

kimetsu no Yaiba is the most and best ever created anime in history and it also surpassed fullmental alchamist brotherhood in terms of creativity and i have been waiting for the movie which hasnt reached kenya so someone help where can i get it
please ?

Feb 4, 9:25 AM by komecoll

sorcery said:
VsauceDealer said:
Very overrated series/franchise, not as much as mha, but its still a mediocre shounen...


That's the plan. Making it so digestible even your 4 years old brother can watch it and understand the cookie cutter intrigue. If a franchise gets too much thematic density, it's lost on casuals. And since casuals know shit about the History of the medium, they overhype it like it's as fantastical as the second coming of Christ...

If anything the ad populum argument is the most terrible one you could argue about in favor of your thing. Remember, 50 shades of Grey and the Twilight saga, these shitty young adult novels, were smashing best sellers, too.
** shrugs **

Damn the saltiness

Jan 4, 7:14 AM by Xenocrisi

They dominated both the manga and the anime industry.

Jan 2, 6:28 AM by z00nex

Society is collapsing

Dec 31, 2020 8:26 PM by BenRyan

sorcery said:
SaberHotMikasa said:
Art is subjective though so who cares lol


Apparently, the millions of fanboys fawning over Generic Slayer because of its pretty colors do.

Nobody will make me swallow they go flock in the theaters because of the top tier writing. I don't even see what's so artfully particular about this franchise. All I see is that a lot of people are easy to impress these days.


Jesus Christ, maybe learn to accept that everyone has different opinions????

Dec 30, 2020 6:19 PM by SaberHotMikasa

SaberHotMikasa said:
Art is subjective though so who cares lol


Apparently, the millions of fanboys fawning over Generic Slayer because of its pretty colors do.

Nobody will make me swallow they go flock in the theaters because of the top tier writing. I don't even see what's so artfully particular about this franchise. All I see is that a lot of people are easy to impress these days.

Dec 30, 2020 6:17 PM by sorcery

sorcery said:
VsauceDealer said:
Very overrated series/franchise, not as much as mha, but its still a mediocre shounen...


That's the plan. Making it so digestible even your 4 years old brother can watch it and understand the cookie cutter intrigue. If a franchise gets too much thematic density, it's lost on casuals. And since casuals know shit about the History of the medium, they overhype it like it's as fantastical as the second coming of Christ...

If anything the ad populum argument is the most terrible one you could argue about in favor of your thing. Remember, 50 shades of Grey and the Twilight saga, these shitty young adult novels, were smashing best sellers, too.
** shrugs **


Art is subjective though so who cares lol
The Twilight movies weren’t that bad btw.

Dec 30, 2020 1:40 PM by SaberHotMikasa

Well deserve, 2020 is the year of KnY breaking an insane amount of records. Great job to all the staff who worked on this movie

Dec 29, 2020 10:25 PM by notPara


1 post account saying lmaooo, whats wrong?

Dec 29, 2020 1:23 PM by VsauceDealer

@Vsaucedealer lmaooooooooooo

Dec 29, 2020 1:18 PM by Deathlydash

NextUniverse said:
Spirited Away? Doesn't it need to surpass Your Name.?

but hey gg demon slayer. I am more surprised that shounen loving fans in Japan came out of their shell for this.
it is is just the Japanese charts, on the worldwide highest grossing anime charts it is third

Dec 29, 2020 11:54 AM by Atlos

Spirited Away? Doesn't it need to surpass Your Name.?

but hey gg demon slayer. I am more surprised that shounen loving fans in Japan came out of their shell for this.

Dec 29, 2020 10:33 AM by NextUniverse

Now wait for it's theatrical release globally..
Also in streaming service like Netflix..

Dec 29, 2020 6:18 AM by MrBluebear

Peeti said:
iunne said:
Also somewhat crazy:

"Despite only being available in just one country, Mugen Train is now the 7th biggest movie of 2020."
source

I mean this year was kinda bad for movie theaters but still
It's in top 5 not top 7.
Thanks for the update. I was purely quoting from the above source, which was posted 1 month ago.

Dec 29, 2020 4:54 AM by iunne

I really love Spirited Away but I'm glad to hear this news!

Congratulations to the mangaka!

Dec 29, 2020 2:24 AM by MPanah

Demon Hunter will also get two games released next year approximately. Should be interesting!

Dec 29, 2020 2:16 AM by Sekaiso

iunne said:
Also somewhat crazy:

"Despite only being available in just one country, Mugen Train is now the 7th biggest movie of 2020."
source

I mean this year was kinda bad for movie theaters but still
It's in top 5 not top 7.

Dec 29, 2020 1:38 AM by Peeti

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