As of November 23, 2020, the box office revenue of “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train”, currently in theatres, has exceeded 25.9 billion JPY. It surpassed “Your Name” and “Frozen”, and took the 3rd place in Japan’s box office revenue ranking. Director Shinkai Makoto of “Your Name” reacted to this on Twitter.
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” is based on a Japanese style dark fantasy manga by Gotouge Koyoharu, which was serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump” from 2016 to 2020.
The TV anime “Kamado Tanjirou Risshi-hen” with a total of 26 episodes were aired from April to September 2019, and the sequel “Mugen Train-hen” received a film adaptation.
The results at the end of the 6th week (November 21 to 23) were a total of 19,397,589 viewers and a total box office revenue of 25,917,043,800 JPY from 414 theatres (including 38 IMAX theatres) in Japan.
It has surpassed “Your Name”, released in 2016 with a total box office revenue of roughly 2.5 billion JPY, and “Frozen”, released in 2014 with a total box office revenue of roughly 25.5 billion JPY, and took 3rd place in the box office revenue ranking in Japan.
After seeing this announcement, director Shinkai Makoto of “Your Name” commented on his Twitter on November 24.
His comment said, “Ehh, already!? (Haha) While feeling a bit frustrated, it’s normal for the entertainment industry that new records are being set. I will do my best everyday to create great movies.”
Some of the replies to his comments are “I like how director Shinkai Makoto is able to say ‘frustrating’ up-front”, “I will be looking forward to your fantastic movie! You have my support!”, “Each anime has their good points. I love director Shinkai Makoto’s movies! Please surprise me again ^^”, and “I am quite surprised that such a popular work appeared in this era. Director Shinkai Makoto, please deliver a fantastic movie that will move us with new goals in mind! I will be looking forward to it.”