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“Demon Slayer” Movie Now 5th Best-Selling Film of All Time in Japan, Beating All Harry Potter Films

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This movie keeps on breaking more and more records, as Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train is now the 5th best-selling film of all time in Japan! Its total earnings on its 24th day in theaters (November 8) now puts the film’s over-all gross at 20.4 billion yen, beating Sorcerer’s Stone’s record 20.3 billion yen gross (Sorcerer’s Stone is the highest-grossing Harry Potter film in Japan). This also makes the Demon Slayer film the third highest-earning anime film of all time in Japan, just behind Spirited Away (at number 1) and your name at number 2.

Currently, the top four highest-earning films in Japan of all time (both live-action and animated) are Spirited Away, Titanic, Frozen, and your name. The latter’s gross earnings stand at 25.03 billion yen—but with the hype for the movie still going strong, it appears that Demon Slayer will still climb up the rankings.

The film opened in Japan last October 16, with North American releases set for early 2021.

Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train’s opening weekend is the highest ever in Japan for any film, earning over 4.6 billion yen (USD 43.8 million). It is also the fastest film in Japan to earn 10 billion, achieving this feat in just 10 days. The last movie that held this record was Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away in 2001, which breached the 10 billion mark 25 days from its release.

The manga’s story is described by Anime News Network as such:

“Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjiro, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality. Ever since the death of his father, Tanjiro has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they’ve found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjiro finds his family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought. Thus begins Tanjiro’s request to fight demons and turn his sister human again.”

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a shonen manga series written by Koyoharu Gotoge. It was first published in February 2016 in Weekly Shonen Jump and ended last May. The manga’s English license is currently held by Viz Media.

Source: Anime News Network

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