Jujutsu Kaisen continues to have a great year, as the first film in the series achieves the second-biggest opening in Japanese box office history.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 won the title of the second biggest opening for a film in Japan ever.
As reported by Kyodo, the previous new film grossed 2.69 billion yen (roughly US $ 23.5 million) on its opening weekend. This makes it the second-best opening in Japanese box office history, just behind the 2020 record. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Mugen Train Movie, which is still the highest-grossing animated film ever produced, the highest-grossing film in the history of the country. Japanese distributor Toho Co., Ltd. had previously announced very high expectations for the film, saying he expected the film to make 10 billion yen (roughly US $ 85 million), a target he seems almost guaranteed to hit at this point.
The film tells the story of Yuta Okkotsu, a young man who has already promised to marry his childhood sweetheart, Rika Orimoto. Yuta’s idealistic life takes a turn, however, when Rika tragically passes away and her soul turns into a curse, a monstrous spirit that now attacks anyone who gets too close to her. Yuta lives a life of isolation until he meets the wizard Satoru Gojo, who gives the tortured young man a chance to turn his curse into a force for good.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 started with a manga that was originally titled Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School, which was premiered by Gege Akutami in 2017. This earlier work was the first story set in the world of Jujutsu kaisen, and showcased many characters and concepts that would be further developed in Akutami’s smash-hit shonen series, which began publication around a year later. Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School has been completed. Once Jujutsu kaisen became a hit, the original manga was renamed Jujutsu Kaisen 0 to reflect its connection to Akutami’s later more popular work.
The different companies involved in Jujutsu kaisenhave spent the last few months promoting the film, which seems to have paid off. A new trailer was released in early December during this year’s Jump Festa, which featured more of the series’ intricate fight choreography and lavish animation. A special edition booklet, which contained an all-new Yuta-focused manga chapter, was also given as a gift to anyone who saw the film on its opening weekend.
Gege Akutami’s dark fantasy epic has had a very good year: the first season of the animated adaptation of the series by MAPPA ended in March with an overall positive reception, and despite a two-month hiatus in the summer, the manga was still the best-selling manga. manga series in Japan for 2021, with around 30 million copies sold.
An international release for Jujutsu Kaisen 0 has not yet been announced. The first season of the anime can be streamed on Crunchyroll, while the manga is available in English on VIZ Media.
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