‘Demon Slayer’: The film breaking Japanese box-office records despite the pandemic (VIDEO)

Anime adaptation ‘Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’ has shattered all-time box office records for opening numbers in Japan. — Picture courtesy of YouTube and AniplexUS via AFP-Relaxnews
Anime adaptation ‘Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’ has shattered all-time box office records for opening numbers in Japan. — Picture courtesy of YouTube and AniplexUS via AFP-Relaxnews

TOKYO, Oct 22 — While several cities have implemented lockdown or curfew measures to curb the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, Japanese cinemas are welcoming hordes of moviegoers thanks to Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. The film adaptation of Koyoharu Gotoge’s manga broke Japanese box-office records for its weekend debut.

Eagerly awaited by fans of the Kimetsu no Yaiba manga, this animated feature went far beyond expectations, amassing ¥4.62 billion (RM182 million) in revenue during its first three days of screening. It even surpassed the first three days of Disney’s Frozen 2 which had grossed 30 million dollars in the country.

Almost 3.5 million Japanese moviegoers went to theatres between October 16 and 18 to discover Haruo Sotozaki’s movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, shown in 403 locations. These figures represent 2.7 per cent of the country’s total population.

While Japanese authorities allowed movie theatres to reopen last May, no film released since that time has managed to draw that many viewers to cinemas.

A Gem Standard study, conducted in Japan in August, indicated that close to 60 per cent of respondents weren’t comfortable with the idea of going to the cinema despite the safety measures implemented in the country. Over a third of Japanese respondents (38 per cent) said that they were waiting for a film that truly interested them before they would set foot in a movie theater.

And now it seems that Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was the film many were waiting for. This anime, inspired by Koyoharu Gotoge ‘s manga Kimetsu no Yaiba, tells the story of a young man who has to sell coal to support his family. However, he becomes a Demon Slayer when his family gets slaughtered and when he finds out that one of his siblings has been turned into an evil creature. Over 100 million copies of this manga have been sold worldwide since the first volume was released in 2016. — AFP-Relaxnews

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