Anime Movie Tops The Global Box Office

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While movie theaters in the United States are in jeopardy, theaters in Japan just saw their biggest box office weekend ever thanks to the Demon Slayer feature anime.

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NHK reports that 3.4 million people saw Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train in theaters in Japan. The movie opened on a Friday, playing on 403 screens, Variety adds. Theaters enforced social distancing, spacing out mask-wearing moviegoers.

In those first three days, the movie raked in $44 million, which was more than the $30 million that Frozen 2 made in Japan during its first three days. The movie did better than any other theatrical motion picture on Earth during this opening weekend.

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In comparison, Los Angeles Times reported that there are fears movie theaters could be wiped out during the covid-19 pandemic. According to CNBC, Hollywood studios could move more big-budget films to 2021. 

Demon Slayer debuted as a manga in 2016, selling one hundred million copies and getting a TV anime last year. The Demon Slayer movie will be released in North America next year. Check out the movie’s trailer below:

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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