The Box Office Numbers are in for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Mugen Train’s U.S. Debut and it took the Number One Spot, beating Mortal Kombat’s debut, according to Box Office Mojo. The film earned 9.5 million dollars in its debut, the anime film was screened in 1,598 theaters on Friday, whereas Mortal Kombat screened in 3,073 theaters. Variety reported that Godzilla vs. Kong earned US$1.1 million on Friday.
Anime News Network’s Crystal Hodgkins made a comparison in their coverage for the article, pointing out that the January 2019 U.S. theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly had earned US$9.8 million in its first three days, and US$11.95 million in its first four days. To be honest, with numbers like this for a Pandemic, Mortal Kombat and Demon Slayer both did one hell of a job at the box office.
The final box office numbers came in this morning thanks to Comscore and Deadline. This was the biggest overall weekend since mid-March last year when Covid started stateside with $52.9M. +180% over last weekend, Mortal Kombat reps the biggest R-rated opening to date during the pandemic. It was New Line/WB/HBO Max’s Mortal Kombat that won the weekend with $22.5 Million while Funimation/Aniplex’s Demon Slayer made $19.5 Million. For more on this development, Deadline has the details.
The Mugen will be on sale digitally on the following: Apple TV, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play (Note: Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarked by Google LLC), PlayStation Store, and Amazon beginning June 22nd. If you like to read my review for Mortal Kombat, click here.
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