Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Breaks US$40 Million in North America, Increases Takings in Japan

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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

Image via Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Official website

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train continues its steamrolling of the worldwide box office, being only the third anime film ever to break the US$40 million box office barrier, the highest-grossing film in South Korea for 2021, and even increased in its 31st weekend in theaters in Japan, with only one other film in modern records to even be on its 31st week in Japanese cinemas and stay in the top 10.  

In Japan, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train increased its box office takings by 1% in its 31st weekend, making it the first film in modern records to do so, and the second film to even be in the top 10 in its 31st week, the other film being Your Name. This is despite cinemas in Tokyo remaining closed due to the State of Emergency, and closing at 8 PM in other prefectures as well as not being open on weekends. Over the last week, Demon Slayer brought in 50 million yen (US$458,372) for a total of 39.97 billion yen (US$367.3 million) on the back of 28.93 million tickets sold total.

In North America, Funimation revealed on May 13 that Demon Slayer had crossed US$40 million, and when combined with the weekend after, has made an estimated total of US$42,000,000. If the film continues at its current pace, it should outgross Pokemon: The Movie 2000‘s US$43,758,684 box office gross by the end of the week and take the spot for the second highest-grossing anime film.

You’re setting the box office ablaze. #MugenTrain just passed $40 million!

@DemonSlayerUSA @aniplexUSA


— Funimation (@FUNimation) May 12, 2021

In South Korea, Mugen Train is the number one film of 2021 (so far) based on box office gross, with US$17,130,295 made in the region. Though according to KoreanFilm, a box office tracking website, the number one is based on admissions, with Soul at number one at 2,047,801 tickets sold compared to Demon Slayer‘s 2,010,700 tickets sold. No matter which way it’s shown, Demon Slayer has done extremely well in South Korea, continuing to stay in the top five since it was first released in January, and is still second on the charts most days.

Worldwide, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has made US$469.5 million (51.9 billion yen) in 20 regions. Over the next two weeks, cinemas in the United Kingdom, France, and Europe are starting to re-open, with Demon Slayer premiering before the end of the month. 

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train opened in Japanese cinemas on October 16 and had the best opening weekend in Japanese cinema history, becoming the highest-grossing film in Japanese theaters ever, the highest-grossing anime and Japanese film worldwide, and the second-highest-grossing film of 2020. You can read our review of the film here. In North America, Mugen Train made its stop in theaters on April 23 both dubbed and subbed formats, with a digital release of the film on June 22, becoming the first anime film to top the US box office since Pokémon: The First Movie in 1999.

The Ufotable-produced anime film continues to adapt the manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge, which saw a TV anime series adaptation in 2019. The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba TV anime series streamed on Crunchyroll as it aired. The second season of the TV anime series, subtitled “Entertainment District arc”, will premiere sometime in 2021 on Japanese TV.

Sources: Kogyo TsushinOricon, FunimationThe Numbers, KoreaFilm


Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

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