Demon Slayer – The Movie: Mugen Train hit theaters in the US on April 23rd with a strong start. After just a few days later, it was discovered the movie had been made available on the Playstation Store for purchase. On Tuesday, April 27th, at around 1 a.m., a tweet was posted by @Wario64 with a screenshot of the movie page on Playstation.
Demon Slayer Mugen Train is available on US PSN/PS4 right now pic.twitter.com/OAFdSTb9QI
— Wario64 (@Wario64) April 27, 2021
The listing was up for just a few hours. Which gave people plenty of time to buy and watch. This can cause concern in the entertainment business due to piracy distribution and box office numbers. Funimation has not made a statement. However, it appears to not have had a harmful effect after this weekends box office numbers were released.
As of Sunday, the movie, which was distributed by Funimation and Aniplex of America, ended the second weekend with a total box office of over $34.1 million, which officially makes it the third highest-grossing anime box office release. It also beat out Mortal Kombat, with Mortal Kombat trailing behind at $34.087 million.
Demon Slayer The Movie surpasses the previous anime box office record 3rd runner up Dragon Ball Super: Broly (over US $30 million in 2019). The anime movies who still hold the number 1 and 2 spots are Pokemon: The First Movie (over US $85 million in 1999) and Pokemon The Movie 2000 (over US $43 million). Next to Pokemon: The First Movie, Demon Slayer is the second anime movie to ever rank #1 at the weekend box office in U.S. history.
With an international box office of US $315 million ahead of its release in North America, it’s also the highest-grossing anime film ever worldwide, which includes surpassing Studio Ghlibli’s 2001 Spirited Away‘s worldwide #1 spot.
The movie takes place right after the last episode of the first season.
Movie synopsis: After completing their rehabilitation training, Tanjiro and his comrades arrive at their next mission on the Mugen Train, where over 40 people have disappeared. Together with one of the most powerful swordsmen of the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, they face the nightmare on board.
See the English dub trailer here:
Demon Slayer – The Movie: Mugen Train will officially be available digitally on June 22nd.
You can purchase movie tickets here.