'Demon Slayer' breaks Japanese box office entry record
"Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki was dethroned on the charts by another animated film
Spirited Away is no longer the biggest hit of all time at the Japanese box office. Studio Ghibli's masterpiece released in 2001 was overtaken by another animated film: Demon Slayer. Adapted from the eponymous manga, this feature film has generated 32.5 billion yen (257 million euros) in theatrical receipts since its release in Japan in October. More than 24 million spectators went to see it indoors.
Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki had reached 31.7 billion yen in revenue in Japanese theaters. Demon Slayer, directed by Aniplex Studio Japanese giant Sony, tells the story of Tanjiro, a teenager living in Japan to era Taisho (1912-1926), who becomes a demon hunter after the massacre of his family by these creatures thirsty for human blood.
On European screens in 2021
The work combines the hero's initiatory journey, a recurring theme in manga for adolescents, with positive values such as brotherly love, friendship, and the struggle of good against evil, which warmed the hearts of Japanese spectators in the midst of the pandemic.
The release of Demon Slayer is planned for 2021 in the US and Europe. According to the Dai-ichi Life research institute, the franchise has already generated 270 billion yen (2.1 billion euros) taking into account theatrical admissions, manga sales, and many derivative products. A phenomenon.