Manga adapted to the cinema: the three biggest hits

“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, The Movie: The Infinity Train”

It is the highest-grossing Japanese film in the history of the country of the Rising Sun. With more than 500 million dollars in worldwide revenue, the feature film, directed by Haruo Sotozaki and released in France in May 2021, is the greatest success of a manga adapted to the cinema. Published between 2016 and 2020, “Demon Slayer” tells the story of Tanjirō, a little boy who searches for a way to return his human form to his little sister Nezuko, transformed into a demon.

In 2021, the franchise exceeded 150 million copies sold, a resounding success. Logical therefore that the feature film follows the same path. In Japan, it exceeds the symbolic threshold of ten billion yen in revenue in ten days of operation. A first in the history of Japan where the film will have accumulated 24 million admissions. In France, 727,000 people came to see the film at the cinema.

“Jujutsu Kaisen 0”

With 60 million copies sold, “Jujutsu Kaisen” has become one of the most famous manga still in circulation.DR

In line with successful adaptations released recently, this film well deserves its silver medal status. With more than 530,000 admissions in France, it has earned 190 million dollars internationally. The MAPPA studios film, directed by Sunghoo Park, is the biggest hit of 2021 in Japan.

“Jujutsu Kaisen” is a manga first released in 2018 and still unfinished which, like “Demon Slayer”, was an immediate success. Today, already more than 60 million books have been sold. Like “Demon Slayer”, “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” was released following the anime series of the same name. Here, the film goes back to the origins of the franchise.

“Doraemon and Me”

Present every year since 1980 in the cinema, the robot cat Doraemon has become a staple of the Japanese adaptation.

Present every year since 1980 in the cinema, the robot cat Doraemon has become a staple of the Japanese adaptation.DR

You may not know him but in Japan he is a superstar. Doraemon is a robot cat who travels through time to help a makeshift companion. The manga published between 1969 and 1994 is a benchmark of Japanese comedy. So much so that since 1980, an animated film centered on the character has been released every year in Japan.

In 2014, the theatrical release of “Doraemon and me”. Result: $183 million in revenue. If in France the film only had one release on Netflix, it however exploded on the Asian market. Nearly half of the film’s revenue comes from China where it remains to this day as the highest-grossing single-day film.

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