‘Demon Slayer’ becomes the best profitable film in Japan

An animated film based on the movie “Demon Slayer” manga series, has become the best earnings in Japanese box office history, the distributors said Monday and the government of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” (” Spirited Away “) terminated. ) from 2001.

The co-distributors Aniplex Inc. and Toho Co. the film, a story of an adolescent boy who fights demons who eat demons of humans, has amassed from 32.47 billion yen and has drawn more than 24 million to theaters since opening on October 16.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic restricting cinema audiences, the film grossed ¥ 32.12 billion from Saturday, surpassing Oscar-winning director Miyazaki, which increased box office sales to 31.68 billion yen.

Miyazaki’s film took 253 days to cover the $ 30 billion selling price, but ‘Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train’ did so in just 59 days.

The film, directed by Haruo Sotozaki and the sequel to an anime television series aired in Japan last year, becomes the first film in the country to earn more than ¥ 10 billion within ten days of its premiere.

It surpassed ‘Titanic’, the 1997 American film about a romance aboard the fateful cruise liner of the same name, as the second returns in Japan ever on November 30th.

When the movie “Demon Slayer” was in mid-December to break the record of “Spirited Away”, Toho revised sales of Miyazaki’s film from ¥ 30.8 billion to ¥ 31.68 billion by movie revenue when it returned in the summer. is displayed.

‘Demon Slayer’, set in Japan about 100 years ago, is the story of a boy who is forced to fight demons after his family is slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko is turned into one. It is based on the manga series of Koyoharu Gotoge published between 2016 and earlier this year.

The manga series, which is now a worldwide hit, has been translated into 14 languages ​​and is available in 33 countries and regions, according to publisher Shueisha Inc.

The film focuses on the efforts of hero Tanjiro Kamado, along with his sister and fellow demon killers, to save the lives of passengers aboard the ‘Mugen train’, named after the Japanese word for infinity, in which many people went missing has.

Its English version and subtitles will be offered in North America in early 2021, according to Aniplex. The film was shown on October 30 in Taiwan and earlier this month in Thailand.

The ‘Demon Slayer’ boom has had an economic impact of about ¥ 270 billion, based on an estimate by Toshihiro Nagahama, chief economist at the Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute, earlier this month.

In another boost to the ‘Demon Slayer’ boom, the final volume of his manga series in book form is on sale earlier this month. According to Shueisha, 3.95 million copies were published as the first edition of the 23rd volume, with the cumulative number for all volumes, including digital sales, containing 120 million copies.

A novel version of the story was bestseller in a ranking this year by Oricon Inc. composed, while the series’ first theme song, sung by LiSA, is still a bestseller.

Companies have also become popular with the popularity of ‘Demon Slayer’ through toys and other merchandise, while the series has also been chosen as one of Japan’s buzzwords for this year.

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