It looks like the momentum won’t slow down for a while longer. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train earned an impressive 939 million yen on 655,000 admissions in its ninth week, extending the record of domination of the top spot at the Japanese weekly box office to nine weeks.
Thanks to the distribution of the third bonus item for theatergoers, “Special Book of Thank You for Coming,” which started on December 12, the film’s attendance and box office revenue increased by 41 percent and 43 percent, respectively, compared to the previous week. Given the length of the screening period in Japan, which began in October, this is an unusual situation.
As reported yesterday, the film had earned 30,289,307,700 yen (US$291,221,092) on 22,539,385 admissions in 59 days since its release in Japan. It has already become the second top-grossing film of all time in Japan, surpassing Titanic (26.2 billion yen), and now needs only 600 million yen (US$5.7 million) to become the top-grossing film by breaking the current record of 30.80 billion yen (US$296.1 million) marked by Spirited Away in 2001. The new box office record is expected to be achieved by the end of this week.
STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 dropped one position to third in its fourth weekend. The 96-minute film’s total gross has reached 1.7 billion yen to become the fifth top-grossing Japanese anime film of this year so far.
-Wandering; Agateram-, the first part of the two-part anime film Fate/Grand Order – Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot was down two position to sixth in its second weekend. The 89-minute film has earned about 300 million yen so far.
Following Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone., which ranked seventh last weekend, the second chapter of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. took eighth place. The third chapter Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. is scheduled to be released on December 18 and is expected to also rank in the top 10.
Weekend box office in Japan (December 12-13, 2020)
(ticket sales basis)
1 (1). “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” – 30.28 billion yen
2 (new). “Shin-kaishaku Sangokushi” – 770 million yen
3 (2). “STAND BY ME Doraemon 2” – 1.7 billion yen
4 (new). “Tangaramon” – 160 million yen
5 (3). “Takizawa Kabuki ZERo 2020 The Movie” – 1.06 billion yen
6 (4). “Fate/Grand Order – Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot – Wandering; Agateram-” – 300 million yen
7 (5). “Silent Tokyo” – 280 million yen
8 (-). “Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.”
9 (6). “The Witches” – 170 million yen
10 (10). “The Legend of Hei” – 400 million yen
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