'Demon Slayer' beats 'Spirited Away' to become Japan's highest-grossing movie ever

東京 (CNNビジネス)A Japanese anime blockbuster has beaten the Oscar-winning classicSpirited Awayto become the country’s highest-grossing movie ever — a significant feat as the global entertainment industry reels from the effects of the パンデミック.

Directed by Haruo Sotozaki, “Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Trainhas generated ticket sales of 32.47 billion yen ($ 313.9 百万) since its release in October, によると to the film’s official Twitter account.
Dubbed and subtitled versions are due for release in the United States and Canada early next year.
The film became the first movie to gross 10 billion yen ($ 96 百万) in Japan within 10 days of opening, and the country’s second-highest grossing movie ever in ただ 45 日々, according to media reports. It surpassed American blockbusterTitanicin late November, before clinching the top spot from Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 movieSpirited Away” 月曜日に.
    Set during Japan’s Taisho era from 1912 に 1926, “Demon Slayerfollows teenager Tanjiro Kamado and his friends as they fight human-eating monsters that murdered his family. It was adapted from a popular 2016 comic book series by Japanese artist Koyoharu Gotoge.
    The series became a pop culture phenomenon in 2019 after it was adapted into a 26-part anime series for television and made available on Netflix and other streaming services such as Tokyo MX.
    Japan’s movie industry suffered a hit earlier this year when cinemas across the country were shuttered for several weeks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
    Cinemas eventually reopened from mid-May under strict new social distancing measures, with face masks mandatory and customers spread one seat apart.
      That means cinemas have been operating at far less capacity than normal — making the triumph ofDemon Slayereven more notable, with many fans queuing for hours for the opportunity to watch it.
      Globally, the pandemic has thrown up an unprecedented challenge to the entertainment industry, with many releases delayed, countless workers left jobless and filmmakers envisioning what social distancing means for movie sets.

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