The JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 anime film opened at midnight last night in Japan and brought forth the night parade of over 1,000 filmgoers. At a stage event for the film on its opening day, Toho announced that as of 3 PM, based on preliminary figures, the film will sell 1 million tickets on its opening day and is on track to make over 10 billion yen (US$87.43 million) at the Japanese box office.
The historic 1 million tickets goal came from both the midnight screenings overnight, which sold out in seven cities across the country, as well as the morning and early afternoon showings of the film, and was predicted around 3 PM Japan time. Early box office estimations for the day conclude that JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 will likely have the second-biggest opening day in Japan, behind last year's Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train, not including the midnight previews.
Note that in 2021, only one film broke the 10 billion yen barrier, and that was Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time, which was the highest-grossing film of the year. It's looking like the top spot of 2022 might already have its crown before the calendar year even begins.
JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 trailer:
MAPPA returns to animate JUJUTSU KAISEN 0, with director Sunghoo Park at the helm and Toho distributing the film in theaters in Japan across 418 confirmed theaters. The anime film was announced at the end of the JUJUTSU KAISEN TV anime series, which is streaming on Crunchyroll.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.