Despite opening near the end of a jittery, pandemic year, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train managed to slay box office records over the weekend.
The Twitter account for the anime series Kimetsu no Yaiba (a.k.a. Demon Slayer) reported on Monday that 3.42 million people went to see Mugen Train in its first three days. The film made a record-setting 4.6 billion yen, or $43 million U.S.
The movie opened on Friday, so the numbers shown are for Oct. 16-18.
劇場版「鬼滅の刃」無限列車編、初日3日間で観客動員 342万493人（興行収入 46億2311万7450円）と大変多くの方にご覧いただきました。
— 鬼滅の刃公式 (@kimetsu_off) October 19, 2020
Perhaps it was inevitable that the movie would have such strong numbers. We reported last week that ticket sales for the Demon Slayer movie had utterly swamped movie theater websites, causing several of them to crash.
This came after a long anime movie campaign which included actual steam trains (to fit the movie’s “Infinite Train” plot), conbini snack food, and a video game collaboration.
Demon Slayer manga sales also recently reached 100 million, so there’s no denying the series’ continued popularity.
Put those factors together, and it adds up to the biggest opening weekend box office take in Japanese movie history, according to Oricon News.
According to Oricon, the film played on 11 of the 12 screens at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku.
The film did better than Disney’s Frozen 2, which made 1.9 billion yen in its first weekend last year, as well as the anime film Weathering with You, which made 1.6 billion yen.