Move over “Mortal Kombat,” there’s a new box office leader in town, with Japanese anime blockbuster “Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train” becoming the number one movie in America this past week. The film made history with its cinematic debut, as it climbed to number one, shattering records along the way.
The anime movie became the highest grossing film in Japanese box office history grossing $368 million, according to Variety. The import also broke records outside of Japan, as the film enjoyed the biggest foreign language debut in U.S. box office history with $34.1 million. It became the highest-grossing anime film ever, raking in a whopping $423 million globally, according to Variety.
“I counted down the days for the movie to come out,” Ben Ford, NIU junior and Demon Slayer fan said. “The film definitely didn’t let the series down in terms of quality.” Ford added that he believes that the movie deserves its success and that those who are unfamiliar with the series as a whole should add it to their watchlist.
“Mugen Train” was originally slated to be the second season of hit anime series “Demon Slayer,” a series that follows protagonist Tanjiro Kamado and his journey as a demon slayer. However, the writers felt it was too short to be its own series and opted to transform the project into a feature length film.
The film’s plot is an extension of the anime series, as it picks up from the season one finale where Tanjiro and his fellow demon slayers “board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Flame Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people aboard,” according to the movie’s description on IMDB.
Not only is the film a box office hit, but it also managed to deliver for those who bought a ticket, boasting a rotten tomatoes audience score of 99% and IMDB rating of 8.4, demonstrating that critics and audience members alike are all aboard the “Mugen Train.”