Demon Slayer Is First Japanese Movie To Top The US Box Office Since Original Pokémon Movie

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The Demon Slayer feature film was a box office juggernaut in Japan, surpassing Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away as the biggest earning feature film in Japan. It’s also doing very, very well in the US.

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Originally, there was concern about how the movie would do considering its R rating. The movie, however, set a box office record in North America for foreign language films.

Now, this past week, as Funimation announces, the movie beat out all other films to top the North American box office, which is the second time this has ever happened for a Japanese film. ANN points out that the last Japanese movie to top the US theaters was Pokémon: The First Movie twenty years ago.

Demon Slayer earned $6,412,933, eking past the new Mortal Kombat film, which brought in $6,235,000.

According to ANN, Demon Slayer has now become the third highest-grossing anime film ever in the United States with an estimated US$34,118,776 as of Sunday. The previous third spot belonged to Dragon Ball Super: Broly (US$30,712,119), while the top two spots remain Pokémon 2000 - The Movie ($43,758,684) and Pokémon: The First Movie ($85,744,662), respectively.

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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I remember seeing Pokémon: The First Movie in theaters.