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The anime film Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train has hit the rails at full steam in the United States, grossing $9.5 million USD (approximately $11.85 million CAD) giving it the number one spot on its opening day, Friday, April 23rd, 2021.
Demon Slayer faces competition from other films, including Mortal Kombat which opened on the same date. Demon Slayer‘s success is notable as with only 1,598 theatres nationwide are showing it, compared to the 3,073 locations for Mortal Kombat.
Entertainment web sites, like Deadline, are speculating at which of the two films will take in $20 million USD (approximately $24.95 million CAD) for their opening weekend.
While Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train was also announced for Canada, Cineplex has no available showtimes, at least for its theaters in Metro Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area, likely due to increased COVID-19 restrictions. It’s not known if many fans in Canada will get to watch the movie on the big screen.
In the film, demon slayers Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Kyojuro Rengoku, and Inosuke Hashibira, along with Tanjiro’s possessed sister Nezuko are shown boarding a train in the dead of winter. Reports of mysterious disappearances in the train’s many coaches have spurred interest from the group. Like many of their adventures, it’s anything but a normal trip as the train itself has another demonic customer riding on board…
The movie is a follow-up to the popular manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge that was first published in 2016. It has since been adapted into an anime with a second series advertised for later this year.
Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train was first screened in Japan on October 16th, 2020 and has since become the country’s number one film, surpassing the previous record holder, Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 animated classic Spirited Away.
Sources: Anime News Network, Deadline
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