‘Demon Slayer’ becomes Japan’s highest grossing film


An animated film based on the blockbuster “Demon Slayer” manga series has become the highest-grossing film in Japanese box-office history, its distributors said on Monday, with Hayao Miyazaki’s “Sen to Chiharo Kamikushi” (“Spirited Away”). ) Since 2001.

Co-distributors Aniplex Inc. And Toho Co. According to co-distributors, 32.47 billion in theaters and more than 24 million in theaters since its launch on October 16, according to co-distributors, a story fighting human-eating monsters.

Despite limiting the coronovirus epidemic to cinema audiences, the film grossed ₹ 32.12 billion as of Saturday, surpassing Oscar-winning director Miyazaki’s film, which followed 8 31.68 billion in box-office sales.

Miyazaki’s film took 253 days to eclipse the ₹ 30 billion mark in box-office sales, but “Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yiba – The Movie: Mugan Train” did so in just 59 days.

The film, directed by Haruo Sotozaki and a sequel to an anime television series aired in Japan last year, became the first film in the country to earn more than ₹ 10 billion within 10 days of its premiere.

It surpassed “Titanic”, a 1997 American film about romance in the cruise liner of the same name about the 1997 hit film Hit, which was the second highest-grossing film in Japan on 30 November.

In mid-December, the film “Daemon Slayer” was on track to beat the record of “Spirit Away,” with Toho re-appearing in the film, revising Miyazaki’s film sales from revenues 30.8 billion to ¥ 31.68 billion. did.

“Demon Slayer”, set in Japan nearly 100 years ago, is the story of a boy who is forced to fight demons after his family is slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko is transformed into one . It is based on the manga series by Koyoharu Gotege that was published between 2016 and this year.

According to publisher Music Inc., the manga series, now a global hit, has been translated into 14 languages ​​and is available in 33 countries and territories.

On the efforts of the hero, Tanjiro Kamado, along with his sister and fellow demon murderer, to save the lives of passengers aboard the “Mugen Train”, the Japanese word for infinity was named, on which countless people are missing.

According to Aniplex, its English-dubbed and subtitled versions will hit movie theaters in North America in early 2021. The film was screened on 30 October in Taiwan and earlier this month in Thailand.

Based on an estimate by Dai-ichi Life Research Institute chief economist Toshihiro Nagahama earlier this month, the “demon murderer” boom has generated an economic impact of around £ 270 billion.

To promote the boom of “Demon Slayer”, the book’s final volume of its manga series sold out earlier this month. Shueisha said that 3.95 million copies were published as the first edition of the 23rd volume, including a cumulative number for all sales, topping 120 million copies.

A novel version of the story was this year’s best seller in the rankings compiled by information provider Oricon Inc., while the series’ opening theme song, sung by LiSA, remains a top seller.

The companies have capitalized on the popularity of “Monster Slayer” through toys and other accessories, while the series title was also chosen as one of Japan’s buzzwords for this year.

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