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Demon Slayer Season 2 Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train box office slays records

The Demon Slayer Season 2 anime TV series could be announced this weekend. On the day the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie released in Japan on October 16, 2020, the official Twitter account told fans to expect a special announcement on the evening of Saturday, October 17, 2020.

For more details and spoilers, see our regularly updated story on the Demon Slayer Season 2 release date.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2
The Demon Slayer Season 2 anime will adapt the red light district story
arc from the manga series. This poster art is a mockup created by a fan.
Pic credit: Chahiro Nagi

Demon Slayer movie box office slays Japanese records

Throughout today, Japanese fans have come pouring out of the theaters to discuss the movie. One of the movie-going fans revealed pictures of the Demon Slayer movie’s end credits.

To put the popularity of the Demon Slayer anime series into perspective, when tickets released at midnight (Japanese local time) earlier in the week the online ticket sales websites crashed as hundreds of thousands of people queued up to buy a ticket. Phrases related to TOHO and movie theaters began to trend on Twitter.

The initial Demon Slayer movie box office stats were released for Friday. Over
1.34 million tickets were pre-sold and the numbers are likely to be higher over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yiaba movie is playing in 267 theaters with 6,170 showings, which means there were 23 showings per theater on average. As a comparison, Frozen 2 set the previous record in 2019, with 267 theaters and 3,786 showings, which averaged 14 showings per theater. So, the number of showings on opening day is almost double the previous record holder.

It’s the first film to have over 900,000 theaters admissions on the first day in Japan. By comparison, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the previous record holder, with 805,000 admissions on its second day on a Saturday. Frozen 2 had 790,000 admissions on its ninth day, a Sunday.

By Friday evening (Japanese time), the Demon Slayer movie had already exceeded 1.34 billion yen in box office revenue (about $12.7 million USD). That means it just set a record for the highest first day in Japanese box office history
for all movies, never mind animated movies.

Considering that weekend movie ticket sales are always higher, it’s very possible that the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train box office sales numbers will exceed 4 billion yen by Sunday. It could also set a new record for single-day admissions on Saturday or Sunday.

In comparison to other anime, Spirited Away is still number one at 30.8 billion yen in total. The Your Name anime had a box office total of 25 billion yen in Japan. Weathering With You earned 14 billion yen.

Based on this slaying success, it’s no wonder that the anime production
committee would desire to make a Demon Slayer Season 2 announcement

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