The film adaptation of the hit manga and anime Demon Slayer has surpassed Spirited Away at the box office. Becoming the highest-grossing movie in Japan.
Titled Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train, it has surpassed 2001’s Spirited Away as the highest-grossing film in Japanese history. It was released on October 16, 2020, and has currently grossed $ 337 million. While Spirited Away had the previous record obtained at the time 308 million. For those who are curious to know how much money Your Name (2016) raised, it must be remembered that it reached 357 million dollars worldwide, but in Japan, it only reached the figure of 233 million.
When theaters in Japan reopened after a national shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, audiences were eager for content and seeing that the majority of US releases had been delayed to 2021, this allowed Demon Slayer was the great savior of the cinema. The film serves as a direct sequel to the anime and follows the characters Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke as they board a train to hunt down a demon that has killed more than forty demon hunters.
When the pandemic ends, the cinema will regain the importance it had years ago.
The release of Demon Slayer in Japan means that there is hope for the international market when everything starts to really open up again. Even if theaters have reported a very steep drop in earnings since last year. Recently, there has been talking that the state of cinema will change forever after 2020, especially since streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and Disney + would gain much more importance. Although it is mainly necessary that the United States return to normality, something that has been demonstrated with Wonder Woman 1984 since they have only obtained 17 million dollars in their first weekend. A very good figure in the middle of the pandemic, but really bad at normal times.
Are you looking forward to seeing Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train?