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Ghibli’s Box-Office Record Set to Be ‘Slain’ by New Anime Giant

  • ‘Demon Slayer’ is breakout hit in a tough year for movies
  • Movie is close to breaking a two-decade box-office record
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” comic books.
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” comic books.Photographer: Kyodo/AP Images
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It was already one of Japan’s hottest TV series, as well as a best-selling comic book. Now it’s on track to be the country’s biggest movie ever.

A film based on the “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” franchise is on the cusp of breaking a $300 million box-office record held since 2001 by “Spirited Away,” Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winner. The tale of a band of sword-wielding demon fighters debuted in comic-book form in 2016, and reached breakout status this year after the animated movie hit theaters.