Japanese animation has proven to be quite a lucrative industry in recent years and we have several examples to prove it. The newest is Jujutsu Kaisen 0, a film directed by Seong-Hu Park and written by Gege Akutami that is doing amazing at the US box office. Through Exhibitor Relations Co. (via comic book) the film is reported to have achieved a fairly solid box office during its opening weekend in the North Country, revealing that it has come to Hollywood to rule it all.
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According to the information, Jujutsu Kaisen Zero has earned $176 million this weekend by being distributed to 2,336 locations, a staggering number that places Japanese animation as a highly consumed commodity in the United States. It is worth mentioning that this is not a surprise for the analysts most involved in the business, because through dead line it was reported that the film would achieve a good initial performance, something already quite usual among the great anime franchises that has the opportunity to reach the big screen.
Originally written and illustrated by Akutami, jujutsu kaisen It started as a manga published in 2018 under the seal of Shūkan Shōnen Jump and enjoyed enormous popularity. In 2020 the first broadcast in anime format becomes a reality and also enjoys a good reception before the public, although not without some criticism; some agree that jujutsu bears too many similarities to Naruto, including the initial main squad and various plot elements. Despite the above, animation has come so far that right now it is enjoying the honeys of success with its own film. In Mexico it opens on March 24, you can read the official synopsis below:
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Rika, Yuuta Okkotsu’s childhood friend, died in a car accident. Her spirit remains with him, but she is no longer the sweet girl he knew. She manifests as a monstrous and powerful entity that fiercely protects him.
No one would have imagined that in recent years Japanese animated films would become so successful in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, when in the 1990s and 2000s it was not common to see them on billboards; in fact, to a certain extent they were difficult to obtain. But the advent of the Internet caused the industry to expand and now we have fans by the millions scattered all over the world. The success of Jujutsu Kaisen Zero It reflects years of effort and progress for Japanese animators, who have surpassed their own limits and have thrown themselves fully into business with foreigners in search of the best economic benefits. The directors of platforms like Crunchyroll and Funimation, in charge of distributing anime, must be absolutely pleased with the current landscape.
The other Japanese animated movie that set new records in the industry was Demon Slayer: The Infinity Train – 100%, last year, when it took in $454 million at the worldwide box office, beating any record set by previous productions in the same genre, including those from Studio Ghibli. Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train brings us back to Tanjiro Kamado, who together with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar’s head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a frightened young man who reveals his true power when he sleeps, boards the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Pillar. of the Flame, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon that has been tormenting people and killing demon slayers who oppose him.
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