Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train shattered records en route to becoming the highest grossing film in Japanese box office history. Now it’s breaking records in North America as well.
Demon Slayer enjoyed the biggest foreign language debut in U.S. box office history over the weekend, raking in more than $21 million. It debuted on April 23 across more than 1,600 screens in the U.S. and Canada. The release is Funmination’s largest opening three-day weekend theatrical release ever.
“With every milestone reached and every achievement the film has gained, we know that it is all thanks to the fans who have supported the series and the tireless work by the staff and cast,” Aniplex president Atsuhiro Iwakami. “We are truly humbled and honored by how much the film has resonated with people from all over the world and to be able to play a part in nurturing this deep bond we all share as fans of anime.”
Originally a manga, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has become a major hit since its 26 episode debut in 2019. It tells the tale of a boy out for revenge after demons murder his family and turn his sister into one of their own. It’s currently streaming online across multiple platforms, including Hulu, Netflix, and Crunchyroll. Demon Slayer: The Movie sows the seeds for the show’s second season, which is expected to air sometime in 2021.
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The movie released in Japan at the end of 2020, where it grossed more than $368 million en route to becoming the most successful film ever released in that country.
You can read our review of Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train here, where reviewer Richard Eisenbeis praises it for being a “visually stunning” continuation of the series that “only slightly misses the mark.” Despite its huge opening, it couldn’t quite overtake Mortal Kombat, which debuted at #1 over the weekend.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN.