Jujutsu Kaisen 0 took over theatres in Japan on Friday, Dec 24, and the response has been tremendous. The movie has surpassed a massive figure of 2.6 billion yen in the past 3 days, making it the second-highest 3 days opening in Japanese box office history.
JJK 0 toppled Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix‘s sales of 2.2 billion yen to that position. A total of 1.9 million people watched the movie. It was the second-biggest opening weekend Saturday and Sunday since 2015.
Additionally, with its 24-hours sales standing at 1.05 billion yen, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 also became the second highest grossing anime movie. It fell short of 2020’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train‘s 1.2 billion yen sales.
The movie, however, exceeded the sales of August 2021 release, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission of 320 million yen.
JJK 0 now also holds the title for the highest day 1 gross selling movie in 2021, despite being released against Hollywood titles like Matrix: The Resurrection and Spiderman: No Way Home.
It is likely that Jujutsu Kaisen 0 will meet TOHO Animation’s 10 billion yen goal for the film.
In commemoration of the film’s release and success, a number of staff members put out illustrations. This included Director Park Sunghoo, Chief AD of anime and KA of the movie Sayaka Koiso, and character designer Tadashi Hiramatsu.
TOHO Animation also revealed a few character settings for characters who were not in the manga’s story but appeared in the movie as a bonus. Fans had not expected MAPPA to add bonus scenes that were canon.
High demand for Jujutsu Kaisen 0 had earlier pushed theatres to increase screenings. The same reflected in manga sales after the film started airing as all the volumes ranked in the Top 50 for Shoseki for Dec 25.
Released on Christmas Eve, Dec 24, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is the prequel to the events of the current timeline. It follows Okkotsu Yuta, who is haunted by a cursed spirit who was once his childhood friend Rika.
To control and free Rika, Okkotsu join Tokyo Jujutsu High at the word of Gojo and meets the other first-years. Their peaceful life meets disruption because of a villain they don’t know: Geto Suguru. And his eyes are set on acquiring Rika, at any cost.
What happens when they clash? Jujutsu Kaisen 0 ties together some ends to answer some mind-boggling questions from the anime’s season 1.
Source: Jujutsu Kaisen official Twitter, MAPPA official Twitter, Crunchyroll