Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime’s US$19,542,227 estimated opening weekend gross in the United States is the highest opening weekend earnings ever for a foreign-language film in the United States. FUNimation Entertainment and Aniplex of America screened the film in Japanese with English subtitles, as well as with an English dub.
According to Box Office Mojo, the previous foreign-language film with the biggest U.S. opening weekend was Zhang Yimou’s Hero, which opened with English subtitles in the United States with US$17.8 million in 2004.
Pokemon: The First Movie earned US$31,036,678 in its 1999 opening with an English dub in the United States. Box Office Mojo also reports that Pokemon 2000 – The Movie earned US$19,575,608, meaning Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train has the third-ever highest opening in the U.S. for an anime film. It should be noted that Demon Slayer‘s current box office totals are estimates, and these comparisons do not account for inflation.
Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train ranked at #2 in its opening weekend in the United States, behind the new Mortal Kombat film (US$22,515,000 in 3,073 theaters).
FUNimation Entertainment and Aniplex of America began screening Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train in North American theaters on April 23, 2021, and will release the film digitally on June 22, 2021.