October 26, 2020 at 15:40 JST
Many fans line up in front of Toho Cinemas Shinjuku in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward from the early morning of Oct. 16 to watch “Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train” on the first screening day. (Tsubasa Setoguchi)
Japanese animated film “Demon Slayer” shattered a box-office record, reaching revenue of 10.75 billion yen ($102.48 million) in just 10 days, the film’s distributor said on Monday.
That was the fastest pace for ticket sales in Japan to top 10 billion yen, besting the previous record-holder, Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 animated film “Spirited Away,” which took 25 days to reach the milestone.
The animated film, whose full title is “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie--Mugen Train,” had already broken the country’s previous record for best three-day opening when it hit cinemas on Oct. 16.
The movie is based on a popular manga, and later a TV series, set in Japan roughly 100 years ago, about a boy who fights human-eating demons. Co-distributor Aniplex said 7.98 million people had seen the film as of Monday.
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