First non-US, non-Hollywood film to win the annual crown in film history
The website The Numbers updated its list of the highest grossing films worldwide in 2020, and the film Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train now sits at No. 1, with a worldwide gross of $474.6 million. The film earned the equivalent of $435 million outside the United States, and $39.6 million in the United States.
The Numbers reports that the number 2 film, the Chinese film The Eight Hundred, earned the equivalent of $472,575,002 worldwide. The Deadline website had reported last month that the actual figure for The Eight Hundred was $450 million, due to fluctuating exchange rates.
In Japan, the Demon Hunter movie has sold a total of 28.87 million tickets for 39.88 billion yen (about $364.9 million) as of May 5.
After 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 at the Japanese box office, Demon Slayer fell to No. 2 during the weekend of January 9-10, its 13th weekend. Since then, the film had been in the top three weekly in Japan until its 22nd weekend.
The film has surpassed Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2002), its latest revenue rival in Japanese box office history. (Spirited Away earned ¥30.8 billion on its release, but has since earned a total of ¥31.68 billion after last summer’s revival). The film has also surpassed Spirited Away as the top-grossing Japanese film of all time worldwide.
Demon Slayer began screening in Japan on October 16. The film had the highest opening weekend worldwide for the weekend of October 16-18. The film sold 3,424,930 tickets and earned 4,623,117,450 yen (about $43.85 million) in Japan in its first three days. The film sold 910,507 tickets and earned over 1,268,724,700 yen (about $12.03 million) on its opening day alone, making it the highest opening day ever in Japan.
The main staff members of the previous TV anime returned for the sequel film. TOHO and Aniplex are handling distribution of the film in Japan. Funimation and Aniplex of America will release the film digitally on June 22.
@wil-walteros Source: animenewsnetwork