Japan’s ‘Demon Slayer’ Breaks all time record with $44M Opening – International Box Office

Great news this weekend from Japan where Demon Slayer: Mugen Train anime adaptation, broke the all-time opening records. In comparison to the regular Saturday/Sunday session, the film debuted on Friday, October 16, grossing $44M (4.623B yen) over the three-day weekend. It is the worldwide box office leader this weekend and the county’s biggest lunch in history.

This is a spectacular debut. Frozen 2 opened up to a 3-day $18.2M at historical rates. Demon Slayer also creates a new IMAX record, opening 18 percent greater in the format than initial title holder Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, to become the leading IMAX Japan debut ever with $2.27 M (238 M yen) from 38 screens. Over the weekend, weirds rose progressively for IMAX.

Such was the enthusiasm for this popular Haruo Sotozaki-directed Demon Slayer that previews started on Friday at 7 AM and some theaters played it up to 40 times a day, according to sources. Demon Slayer, from Aniplex and Ufotable and published by Aniplex and Toho, is centered on Koyoharu Gotoge’s manga Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba. Then it was developed into a TV series, and the immediate follow-up to that is Mugen Train (aka Infinity Train).

In mid-September, the Japanese government eased cinema capacity limits,although others are known to have been careful regarding the number of seats they offer since discounts are not possible anywhere.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train

The Demon Slayer’s tale sees Tanjiro Kamado and associates from the Demon Slayer Corps board the Infinity Train on a new quest to solve a strange sequence of disappearances committed by a demon that has tormented people and destroyed enemies of the demon slayers.

As moviegoing has increased again in the past few months, Japan has seen several major local achievements. They include the newest Doraemon ($30M+ cume), and, From today, It’s my Turn grossing $48. Both Movies were debuted during the summer.  

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