Last weekend, the biggest blockbuster-breaking movie was an animated one. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train debuted last weekend and was able to rake in 4.623 billion yen – around USD$44million. With those digits, it surely qualifies as a bona fide hit, even by pre-pandemic standards!
To put things into perspective, the most recent animated blockbuster hit is Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering with You only grossed 1.644 billion yen – around USD$15.2 million – which is only a third of what the Demon Slayer movie earned.
If you want to compare the stats to an animated movie that is a little more mainstream, let’s talk about Frozen 2. The Disney movie was only managed to earn $18.2 million, not even half of Demon Slayer’s earnings!
What’s so amazing about Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is that the previous record-holder in Japan was The Matrix, back in 2003, who only earned USD$20.8 million in its opening weekend.
The movie’s debut was only released in 403 theaters and all of Japan’s IMAX theaters which are only 38, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train has certainly got everyone excited!
The fandom has a big role to play in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie’s success – their devotion even translates to the fan art that we see!
The series, Demon Slayer Season 1, began with two siblings, Tanjiro and Nezuko, who are in quite the detriment! They are struggling to fight the demon that attacked and kill their family.
The series left off with Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu and Inosuke as they receive orders to investigate a mysterious train called the Mugen train. Inosuke, being his pure self, saw the train as a threat so the team decides to run and hop onboard. Not much detail has been regarding the next season but we made an article on what you would need to know in preparation for the season to come.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train Official Trailer
Alright, if you’re getting excited and wondering when you will be seeing it in the United States, Aniplex of America will be bringing the film to the big screen early 2021.
While waiting for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train to come to a theater near you, kill some time by reading our other anime articles on The Stake!