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Box Office: 'Demon Slayer' Edges Out 'Mortal Kombat'

 Warner Bros./Aniplex

'Mortal Kombat', 'Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train'

The order could change when final weekend ticket sales are tallied on Monday. Elsewhere, 'Godzilla vs. Kong' crossed the $90 million mark domestically.

Japanese anime blockbuster Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train edged out video game adaptation Mortal Kombat at the weekend box office, according to Sunday estimates.

Demon Slayer grossed $6.4 million from 1,925 theaters for an impressive 10-day domestic total of $34.1 million for Aniplex and Funimation, and north of $450 million globally.

Warner Bros.' Mortal Kombat took in $6.2 million from 3,113 cinemas for a 10-day domestic tally of $34.1 million.

Final numbers will be released Monday, and could change the order.

Both films fell steeply in their second weekends of play. That's not entirely unexpected for male fueled, R-rated genre pics.

A week ago, Demon Slayer opened to $21 million in North America, by far the biggest domestic debut of all time for a foreign-language film.

Demon Slayer, released in Japan late last year, is the top-grossing film of all time in that country at more than $361 million. It is also the biggest anime ever. Through Sunday, the movie has earned well north of $400 million.

Like all other 2021 titles, Mortal Kombat — based on the blockbuster martial arts video game — debuted simultaneously this weekend on HBO Max.

Overseas, Mortal Kombat took in $3 million for the weekend for a foreign tally of $22.8 million and $66.9 million globally.

Legendary and Warners' Godzilla vs. Kong continued to make panemic-era history as it crossed the $90 million threshold. Globally, the tentpole finished Sunday with an estimated $415.4 million in worldwide ticket sales.

In North America, the only new wide release was Open Road's horror entry Separation, which debuted to a meek $1.8 million.

 

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