Monday, April 15, 2024

Box Office: Sony Worldwide Anime Hit “Jujutsu” Scores Huge $2.8 Mil in Thursday Previews


Ever hear of Crunchyroll? I thought it was something you ate.

They’re an anime production company, formerly called Funimation. Sony bought them a few years ago from Warner Media for a little under a billion dollars.

Now Crunchyroll has the number 2 movie in America. Last night “Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie” made $2.8 million in previews and finished second only to “The Batman.” The anime film debuted in roughly the same number of theaters as A24’s horror him, “X,” which only made $440,000.

“Jujutsu” is already an international hit. It’s made $100 million around the globe. Now it’s come for us!

Just so we have all this straight, the film is directed by Seong-Hu Park and written by Hiroshi Seko. And they are very happy, whoever they are!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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