TBS-owned Japan News Network reported on Tuesday that the hit film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train will have a brand new limited theater run in Miami, Florida, which will begin this Friday. The run will be notable, as this will qualify the movie to be nominated by the Oscars. The theater chain The Landmark at Merrick Park will be showing the movie with three daily showtimes at their location in Coral Gables.
The rules around the Academy Awards would only allow films that have had at least a seven-day theater run within the area of Los Angeles County to be eligible for the nomination. However, this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the academy has loosened the rules. The rules to qualify this year allow a run in Los Angeles County, as well as venues in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Miami, or Atlanta. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train was announced jointly by Funimation and Aniplex America that the film would hit wider commercial release in North America in early 2021.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train opened to 403 theaters throughout Japan. 365 of these were theaters showing the movie on regular screens, while the remaining 38 were in IMAX. The film adapts the ongoing series by Koyoharu Gotouge, following the hit TV anime series that debuted in 2019.
The film was a major success in Japan, spending 12 consecutive weeks at the number one box office spot. It only briefly dropped to the number two spot during the weekend of January 9th/10th, returning to the number one spot in its 14th weekend. As of the latest weekend, it was in the number three spot. This was its 20th weekend. The film has become the highest grossing film in Japanese box office history, as well as the highest earning Japanese movie of all time worldwide, surpassing Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away.
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