Jujutsu Kaisen 0 still No. 1 at the Japanese box office
The film recently surpassed Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0: It was three times the highest-grossing film at the Japanese box office in calendar year 2021
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 maintained its spot at the top of the Japanese box office for the ninth consecutive weekend. The popular prequel film sold 213,000 tickets, earning 336 million yen (about $2.93 million) last weekend.
The film premiered in Japanese theaters on December 24 and sold a total of 8.34 million tickets, earning 11.6 billion yen (about $101 million) throughout its run until here. It is currently the 27th highest-grossing film in Japan of all time.
The hugely popular prequel film recently became the 10th anime film to gross over 10 billion yen, as well as the 9th highest-grossing anime film in Japan of all time. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was technically released after the close of the 2021 box office year according to box office reporter Kogyo Tsushinsha, but the film is still the highest-grossing Japanese film released that year.
Gege Akutami Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (renamed from Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School) manga was published in Shueisha’s Jump GIGA magazine from April to July 2017. The series serves as a prequel to Akutami’s popular Jujutsu Kaisen series, which began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in 2018. The series has amassed 18 collected volumes throughout its run so far. A free-to-play RPG developed by Sumzap was announced in June 2021, although nothing new regarding the project has been leaked since.
MAPPA hosted a 24-episode anime adaptation of the manga from October 2020 to March 2021, starring Sunghoo Park (Banana Fish, the high school god) direction and Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Dorohedoro) serving as screenwriter.
MAPPA returned to host Jujutsu Kaisen 0, alongside Park and Seko. The film stars Megumi Ogata (from Evangelion Shinji Ikari, Yu Yu Hakusho Kurama) as Yuta Okkotsu, along with Kana Hanazawa (Steins;Gate’s Mayuri Shiina, Psycho-Pass’ Akane Tsunemori) voicing Rika Orimoto.
VIZ Media licenses the manga in English alongside Jujutsu Kaisen 0. Crunchyroll streamed the anime while it aired in Japan, and VIZ Media owns the home video rights. Crunchyroll recently announced that it will be distributing Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in US and Canadian theaters starting March 18. Tickets will go on sale from February 25.
Source: Anime News Network
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