Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Anime Film Rides the Rails to 2nd in Japan and South Korea Weekly Box Office

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train


Mugen Train keeps on rolling, with Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train coming in second in two different markets across Asia ahead of its release in Oceania later this month. Domestically, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is keeping steady week on week at around 300 million yen (US$2.8 million) of box office revenue, whilst in South Korea, the Ufotable-produced film increased its weekly share to US$1.19 million.


Up to February 7 in Japan, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train has brought in a box office revenue of 37.1 billion yen (US$351.3 million) on the back of 27.07 million ticket sales in 115 days. Demon Slayer is the first film in Japanese history to reach 37 billion yen and over 27 million ticket sales. Demon Slayer once again came in second against the live-action romantic comedy film Hanataba Mitaina Koi o Shita (Loved Like a Flower Bouquet), which increased its box office takings as Valentine’s Day gets closer.


With the anime film consistently bringing in around 300 million (US$2.8 million) yen each week, and when the State of Emergency is lifted in Japan, it’s looking increasingly likely that Mugen Train may make over 40 billion yen (US$378.6 million) in Japan within the next 6 months or so, an unfathomable feat for an unlikely film.


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train


In the film’s second weekend in South Korea, Mugen Train brought in more than its first weekend (not including previews) to a cumulative box office in the country of US$3.66 million. It still came in second behind Soul. Worldwide, Demon Slayer has made US$388.3 million at the box office, inching it ever closer to your name.‘s worldwide box office takings (including re-releases).


The difference between the two films is only due to currency fluctuations between the two films as the yen ebbs and flows against the United States dollar, though it shouldn’t be long until Demon Slayer surpasses your name. and then challenges Spirited Away‘s crown of the highest-grossing anime film worldwide.


Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train opened in Japanese cinemas on October 16 and had the best opening weekend in Japanese cinema history, becoming the highest-grossing film in Japanese theaters ever. A 4DX version of the film was be released in Japan on December 26. You can read our review of the film here. The Ufotable-produced anime film continues to adapt the manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge, which saw a TV anime series adaptation in 2019. The film is scheduled to be released in the west in early 2021. The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba TV anime series streamed on Crunchyroll as it aired.


Sources: Oricon, Variety



Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

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