Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train

The Japanese animated mega-hit Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train continues to topple box office records on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film release in that country’s box office history.

Demon Slayer is estimated to have grossed ¥25.95 billion ($248.6 million) through today, which is a public holiday in Japan. The figure exceeds the ¥25.50 billion that Disney’s Frozen grossed in 2014, leaving only Titanic (¥26.20 billion) and Spirited Away (¥30.80 billion) ahead of it on the all-time list. Demon Slayer is expected to leap ahead of both films by the end of its theatrical run.

Besides its record-setting run in Japan, Demon Slayer’s global box office stands at over $20 million, thanks to powerful performances in territories like Taiwan and Hong Kong. In Taiwan, where it was released on October 30, the film has already earned over $15 million, making it the biggest release of the year, the territory’s top-grossing Japanese film of all-time, and the highest-grossing animation release of all-time.

Demon Slayer has also surpassed China’s Jiang Ziya to become the highest-grossing animated feature of 2020. As far back as we can remember, an American title has always come top, but for the first time, it appears that the top-grossing animated film of the year (as well as the second-highest grossing film) will be an Asian release.

Mugen Train is based on Koyoharu Gotoge’s manga Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, which was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump between February 2016 and May 2020; it is one of the best-selling manga series of all time, with more than 80 million copies in circulation. It has inspired numerous spin-offs, including anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

The film is directed by Haruo Sotozaki and produced by the Tokyo-based Ufotable; both also worked on the tv series. The Sony-owned divisions Funimation and Aniplex of America are partnering to release the film in North America early next year.

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.

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