Demon Slayer Earns #2 Highest Ever U.S. Opening for Any Anime Film

The Demon Slayer franchise is a certified success story. Be it the source manga, the 2019 series, or the 2020 film. Demon Slayer anime, based on the manga written by Koyoharu Gotouge was the biggest anime of 2019. There was an immediate positive response from fans in regards to the story, animation, music, and character designs. The series ran from April 2019 to September 2019, during which it had fans falling head over heels for it.

The manga, which ran from 2016 till 2020 was a major success as well. It had reached its 17th volume during the release of the anime in 2019. Shortly after the anime aired, the sales of the manga were piqued. In 2019, 20 million copies of the manga had been sold. This can be considered as one of the biggest wins in the anime industry. As of February 2021, the manga has sold 150 million copies. This includes the copies in both online and offline platforms. However, this does not include unofficial platforms and hence, the original number can be considered far greater than what is known. The manga ended in 2020 with 23 volumes. It is available for reading on Viz Media and Shueisha’s Manga Plus app.

In 2020, The Demon Slayer movie,  Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was released. The movie is a sequel to its 2019 series. It continues after the events of the series. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was unavailable internationally for a long time. On April 23, 2021, the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train US opening took place. Once again, the response received by the franchise is overwhelming.

Also Read: Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Review: An Action-Packed Adventure With Emotional Weight

Demon Slayer: Synopsis

Tanjiro Kamado returns home to find his family brutally killed. The only one left barely alive is his sister, Nezuko Kamado. Determined to save her, Tanjiro carries her through the snow to treat her. However, he is shocked to know that Nezuko has transformed into a demon. With the interference of a mysterious man, Giyuu Tomioka, he finds out that the man responsible for the tragedy Muzan, a demon.

Giyuu is revealed to be a Demon Slayer, elite warriors in the shadows who kill demons. He decides to kill Nezuko but he is stopped by Tanjiro who is determined to protect his sister. However, Giyuu quickly gives up on his idea when he notices the difference in Nezuko as she tries to save Tanjiro instead of trying to kill him.

Tanjiro swears revenge on his family and sets out to enroll in the Demon Slayer Corps. He meets fellow Demon Slayers Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibara as they head together to kill demons.

Also Read: Is Demon Slayer Available To Stream on Netflix?

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train– Response In Japan

The recent movie of the Demon Slayer franchise was released on 16 October 2020 in Japan. The movie sold tickets worth 365 million USD. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train broke the records set by the Academic Award-winning movie, Spirited away. The movie has now become the highest-grossing movie in Japan.

By the end of 2020, the franchise had sales worth ¥270 billion. The movie had earned US$456,140,000 in the Box Office worldwide.

In 2021, the movie won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. It also won the Japan Academy Prize for Popularity Award – The most popular film. Additionally,  Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina won the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music for the movie.

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train US Opening

Demon Slayer Mugen Train US Opening
Tanjiro Kamado in Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.

After the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was originally released in October 2020, finally, the movie was available for international viewers. On 23 April 2021, the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train had its US opening. As per the reports by Funimation, the movie had earned US$21,144,800 in the US Box Office. This makes Demon: Slayer the second-highest US Opening for an animated film. The film stands behind only Mortal Kombat, which had earned approximately 23 million USD in the US Box Office. However, Demon slayer did surpass the 2004 Chinese film, Hero had earned $17.8m. This makes Demon Slayer: Mugen Train stand as the highest US Opening for a foreign film.

The film will be available for streaming digitally on June 22, 2021. Without a doubt, the movie is a big success globally. A second season is in making and will be released sometime in 2021.

Also Read: Demon Slayer Season 2: Everything That Will Happen in The Next Season