Latest ‘Demon Slayer’ Makes $10 Million, But No ‘Mugen Train’ – Specialty Box Office
05.03.2023 - 23:17
Aniplex and Crunchyroll of America’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village grossed $10.1 million this weekend in 1,780 theaters. That’s a fourth place finish at the domestic box office but still half the opening of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train which opened to a smash $21 million U.S. in April of 2021, going head to head with Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat.
It’s not apples to apples. The previous film was an original feature, this weekend’s is a mashup of episodes — specifically, Episodes 10 and 11 of the popular anime series’ ‘Entertainment District Arc’ as well as an extended Episode 1 of the anticipated ‘Swordsmith Village Arc’ combined into feature length and remastered in 4K.
The franchise is based on the serialized Japanese manga written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge and published between 2016 and 2020. After his family is viciously murdered, a kind-hearted boy named Tanjiro Kamado resolves to become a Demon Slayer in hopes of turning his younger sister back from demon to human. Together with two comrades and top-ranking members of the Demon Slayer Corps, he embarks on a mission in the Entertainment District, clashing with high-ranking demons, Daki and Gyutaro.
Among other new specialty openings, Nha Ba Nu / The House of No Man opened in 59 locations to a debut of $440.7k for a per theater average of $7.5k, according to Comscore. In Vietnam’s highest-grossing film ever, by director Tran Thanh, a domineering matriarch runs her household the same way she runs her crab noodle soup stall, strictly, and sparks start to fly with three generations living together under one roof.
A number of specialty debuts, as per usual, won’t report grosses until Monday.
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