Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train swapped places this weekend with Mortal Kombat to top the box office with $6.4 million, for a two-week total of $34.1 million.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is now the third highest-grossing anime release in U.S box office history and surpassed Dragon Ball: Super Broly yesterday.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train opened in October 2020 in Japan and has grossed over $400 million globally. The movie is now the highest-grossing anime and Japanese film (animated or live action) of all time.
Set after the events of the television series, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train has Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke embark on a new mission. Together with one of the most powerful swordsmen of the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, they investigate the mysterious disappearance of over 40 people aboard the Mugen Train.
The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series premiered in 2019 and is based on Koyoharu Gotoge’s manga, which boasts over 150 million copies in circulation in Japan. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is an action-packed, thrilling tale of a young man in search of a cure for his sister, who has been turned into a demon after their family is viciously slaughtered by demons.
Together with a captivating story and distinct visual aesthetic by studio ufotable, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba offers a glimpse into Japan in the early 1900s, which is inhabited by demons and those that vow to slay them.
Dropping a spot to second was Warner Bros. Pictures’ Mortal Kombat, which added $6.2 million its second weekend and has earned $34.1 million in North America. Internationally, the movie has brought in $32.8 million for a worldwide total of $66.9 million. Mortal Kombat is also streaming on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.
Directed by Simon McQuoid, Mortal Kombat stars Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada, Max Huang, Sisi Stringer, Matilda Kimber, and Laura Brent.
Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong remained in third place with $2.7 million and has grossed $90.3 million in North America after five weeks. The film has also collected $325.1 million overseas, for a global total of $415.4 million (with $185.5 million coming from China).
Godzilla vs Kong was directed by Adam Wingard and stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
Open Road Films’ new horror movie Separation opened in the fourth spot with an estimated $1.8 million from 1,751 theaters. The film averaged $1,045 per location.
William Brent Bell directed Separation, starring Rupert Friend, Mamie Gummer, Madeline Brewer, Brian Cox, Violet McGraw, and Simon Quarterman.
Again rounding out the top five was Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, which grossed $1.3 million and has made $41.6 million after nine weeks at domestic theaters. The movie is also available to watch on Disney+ with Premier Access.
Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, and more.