New place of turnover Jujutsu Kaisen as the new eighth-highest-grossing animated film of all time.
As reported by Oricon, the first film in the popular shonen franchise, has now grossed over 24.25 billion yen (approximately US$180 million at current exchange rates) worldwide. According Crunchyrollwhich distributed the film outside of Japan, the new sales figures put the previous film firmly in the world ranking of the ten highest-grossing anime films of all time, ahead of those of 1998. Pokemon: the first movie, which was released at the height of the initial Pokemon the 1997 Studio Ghibli craze and critically acclaimed masterpiece, Princess Mononoke.
Breaking the top ten is simply the latest in a long line of accomplishments for Jujutsu Kaisen 0. The anime film debuted in Japan on December 24, 2021, where it immediately set the record for the second-best opening weekend in Japanese cinema history. The film will eventually become the number one film at the Japanese box office for 2021, usurping the place of Evangelical 3.0 + 1.01, who debuted that summer and held the title for most of the year. The film was then released by Crunchyroll in North America last March, where it would eventually become the fourth most commercially successful animated film in the United States, a spot previously held by 2018 films. Dragon Ball Super: Broly the franchise’s highest-grossing film.
The prequel film is set a year before the first episode of the anime series. Therefore, the film does not feature the series’ usual protagonist, Yuji Itadori, but rather tells the story of Yuta Okkotsu, a somewhat softer and shy young man who is haunted by a curse born from the spirit of his deceased childhood friend, Rika Orimoto. Seeking a way to exorcise Rika, Yuta is brought to Tokyo Jujutsu High, a school specializing in training fighters against the curse, but Rika’s incredible strength attracts the unwanted attention of a vengeful wizard who would use her power against humanity.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 helped cement the franchise’s place as one of Japan’s biggest new shonen series. The original manga, created by author and artist Gege Akutami, was the best-selling series of 2021 with 30 million copies sold in Japan alone. A second season of the anime is currently in production at studio MAPPA and is expected to premiere in 2023. Megumi Ogata, who voices Yuta in the film, has confirmed that she will be reprising the role for the new season of the TV series.
The first season of the anime is available to stream on Crunchyroll. The original manga is available in English from VIZ Media.