Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie Earns 37.1 Billion Yen in Japan and US$3.66 Million in South Korea

Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen (Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Infinity Train) anime film has sold a total of 27.07 million tickets and earned a cumulative 37.1 billion yen (US$351.3 million) in Japan as of last Sunday. The film ranked at #2 for its 17th weekend.

The movie also ranked again at #2 in its second weekend in South Korea. The film earned the equivalent of US$1.19 million (1,337,863,660 South Korean won) over the weekend, and has earned a cumulative total of US$3.66 million (4,108,335,110 won) since it opened on January 27 in the country. The movie was originally scheduled to open in South Korea in December, but it was delayed to January 27 due to concerns about the COVID-19’s pandemic.

After 12 consecutive weeks at #1 in the box office in Japan, the movie dropped to #2 during the January 9-10 weekend, its 13th weekend. The movie ranked at #1 again in its 14th and 15th weekend, and fell back down to #2 in its 16th weekend.

The movie has surpassed Miyazaki Hayao’s 2002 Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), its last rival for all-time highest earnings in Japanese box office history. Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) earned 30.8 billion yen in its original run, but has since earned a total of 31.68 billion yen after last summer’s revival screenings. Demon Slayer movie is now also at least the second highest-earning anime film of all time worldwide, topping Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) worldwide US$357,986,087 earnings.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen (Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Infinity Train) began screening in Japan on October 16. The film had the highest opening weekend globally for the October 16-18 weekend. The film sold 3,424,930 tickets and earned 4,623,117,450 yen (about US$43.85 million) in Japan in its first three days. It sold 910,507 tickets and earned over 1,268,724,700 yen (about US$12.03 million) on its opening day alone, making it the highest weekday opening day in Japan ever.

The main staff members of the previous television anime returned for the sequel film. TOHO and Aniplex are handling the movie’s distribution in Japan. Funimation and Aniplex of America will screen the film in theaters in North America in early 2021.

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