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‘Demon Slayer Mugen Train’ Is Now the #2 Anime Film Of All Time In The United States

by Serena Martinez / May 26, 2021 06:54 AM EDT

Last weekend, it was reported by anime licensing company and streaming platform Funimation that "Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train" is now the #2 anime film of all time the United States. The film has earned US$43,956,487 as of last weekend beating the gross sales of "Pokemon: The First Movie" that earned US$43,758,684 21 years ago.

In "Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train," movie, Tanjiro and the group have completed the rehabilitation training at the Butterfly Mansion, and they arrive on their next mission on the Mugen Train, where over 40 people have disappeared in a very short period of time. Tanjiro and Nezuko, along with Zenitsu and Inosuke, join one of the most powerful swordsmen within the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, to face the demon aboard the Mugen Train on track to despair.

The latest stats in the website Numbers revealed that it is currently the #1 film worldwide. This is the first time that a non-Hollywood or non-U.S. film achieved something this big. In Japan, "Mugen Train" has sold 28.87 million tickets earning 39.88 billion yen as of the previous update. It has officially surpassed the gross earnings of Studio Ghibli's animated masterpiece, "Spirited Away," as the #1 highest-earning Japanese film of all time worldwide. "Spirited Away" earned 30.8 billion yen in the Japanese box office during its original run.

In a comment stated in the April 25 episode of the Fuji TV Japanese talk show "Bokura no Jidai", the co-founder of Studio Ghibli Toshi Suzuki said that director and fellow co-founder Hayao Miyazaki acknowledges the success of the "Demon Slayer" series and says it is a rival to beat. "Spirited Away" earned 30.8 billion yen in the Japanese box office during its original run.

4DX and IMAX screenings of "Mugen Train" are also confirmed. It will also be released in digital and home video releases. For digital release, it will be available on June 22 and will be distributed on Google Play, Microsoft Store, Vudu, PlayStation, Amazon, and Apple TV.

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