Date: December 13, 2020
By: Nancy Tartaglione
International Box Office Editor/Senior Contributor
To wit: Japan’s Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train has perhaps become the story of the year. A runaway success across this period, and in its 9th weekend, it is now estimated to have crossed $310M worldwide (largely from the home market, but also including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam). The movie is days away from becoming the top-grossing film of all time in Japan, overtaking Hayao Miyazaki’s 2010 Spirited Away. Think about that for a minute: It has taken 19 years to reach this level, and was done so during a pandemic.
We’ll have confirmed numbers out of Japan on Demon Slayer tomorrow, where the cume is expected to be closely approaching Spirited Away and primed to beat the all-time record.
Elsewhere, there was good news from China. While local title Bath Buddy was the leader this weekend, DreamWorks Animation/Universal’s The Croods: A New Age had a great -45% hold. The cume after three weeks is $46M, overtaking Mulan to become the 2nd biggest imported title of 2020.
Overall, Croods 2 grossed an estimated $8.4M this session oversea; lifting its offshore cume to $52.1M and global to $76.3M. FULL STORY]