Anime feature Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train proves that Malaysian moviegoers have been eagerly waiting to watch movies on the big screen.
The 2020 film directed Haruo Sotozaki, was one of the first titles to be shown in theatres, once cinema halls were allowed to reopen after the end of MCO 2.0.
According to the film distributor GSC Movies, after 12 days of release, the movie has earned over RM4.3mil at the Malaysia box office.
This also means Demon Slayer The Movie is now the highest-grossing anime in Malaysia, having taken over from previous champion One Piece: Stampede (2019) which had earned RM3.3mil.
According to a press statement from GSC Movies: “This anime blockbuster not only boosted the local cinema industry, but also paved way to a string of anime offerings to come."
Two more anime features opened at GSC including Detective Conan: The Scarlet Alibi and Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur.
Next up, on April 8, is the anime Gintama The Very Final, which is based on Hideaki Sorachi’s manga and is the final film of this franchise.
There are also Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet opening on April 21 and Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm Of The Round Table: Camelot Wandering; Agateram opening on May 6.
Recently, Demon Slayer The Movie was named as the biggest-grossing film for Japan, surpassing live-action films and Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.
Demon Slayer The Movie, which takes place on a train, centres on teenager Tanjiro Kamado and his fellow demon slayers.
Originally a manga series, it was adapted into a hit TV anime series.