The official Twitter account for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba revealed the current Japanese box office total for the currently in theaters Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train, with the film bringing in 31,166,647,900 yen (US$301,460,960) on 23,175,884 tickets sold. If the box office takings of Spirited Away weren’t updated last week, Mugen Train would have been the first film to reach 31 billion yen at the Japanese box office but does hold the record of doing so in 66 days (rather than the near 20 years for Spirited Away).
劇場版「鬼滅の刃」無限列車編、公開66日間で観客動員 2317万5884人（興行収入 311億6664万7900円）と、大変多くの方にご覧いただき、心より御礼申し上げます。今年もあと僅か。寒さ厳しい日が続きますが、引き続きご自愛頂くと共に、温かくしながら作品を楽しんで頂ければ幸いです。#鬼滅の刃
— 鬼滅の刃公式 (@kimetsu_off) December 21, 2020
Only 520 million yen (US$5.02 million) now stands between Mugen Train and Spirited Away‘s lifetime gross of 31.68 billion yen (US$304.2 million). The anime film, based on the Weekly Shonen Jump manga by Koyoharu Gotouge, is on track to make that amount this week, making for a wonderful Christmas present for the manga creator and the producers of the runaway success of a film. Worldwide, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has cleanly surpassed Sonic the Hedgehog‘s worldwide gross to become the 5th highest-grossing film of the year, now setting its sights on Tenet.
The official website for Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has updated with a new Christmas visual and website theme featuring all the characters from the franchise in cute Christmas forms, with four appearing on every page load.
Newly released spoiler-filled trailer for the 4DX screenings of Mugen Train:
— 鬼滅の刃公式 (@kimetsu_off) December 20, 2020
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. A 4DX version of the film will 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.
Source: Demon Slayer on Twitter
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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