At the end of last year, we reported that anime films occupied the top three slots in Japan’s box-office ranking for 2021. If Jujutsu Kaisen 0 had come out a bit earlier, we’d definitely be talking about the top four slots.
The film has got off to a spectacular start in Japan, where it opened on December 24. It has grossed 5.87 billion yen (USD$50.6 million) in 11 days — more than all but those top three films managed in the whole of 2021. (Of course, most of its second weekend was in 2022, and we don’t have data on how much it earned in the 2021 portion of its run.)
In its first three days, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 grossed 2.69B yen. Only one film has ever managed a stronger opening in the country: Demon Slayer — Kimetsu no Yaiba — The Movie: Mugen Train, which took 4.62B yen in its first three days in October 2020. The anime feature went on to become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, with a cume of around 40.43B yen.