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World Box Office, April 19-25, 2021

Who won in the tight box office battle between Mortal Kombat and Demon Slayer?

As Godzilla and Kong continue to duke it out against rivals in the overseas box office, Mortal Kombat, led by Cole Young (Lewis Tan) and Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train (original title – Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen), fronted by Tanjiro Kamado (voiced by Zach Aguilar), fought for numbers one and two positions in the domestic chart.

Mortal Kombat won this round in the domestic market. The martial arts fantasy film based on the video game franchise of the same name took in $22.5 million.

Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train, the highest-grossing Japanese movie in history, settled for second place. Directed by Haruo Sotozaki and with a voice cast that includes Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kitô and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, the action-adventure anime earned $19.5 million on its North American debut. That box office take still earned Demon Slayer a record title – the highest domestic debut of all time for a foreign language film.

Boosted by these top two movies, the weekend saw the biggest-grossing period in the coronavirus crisis era.

Rounding out the top 10 were Godzilla vs. Kong ($4.2 million), Nobody ($1.9 million), Raya and the Last Dragon ($1.7 million), The Unholy ($1.4 million), Tom and Jerry ($650,000), Together Together ($552,440), In the Earth ($204,000) and The Croods: A New Age ($191,000).

Overseas, Godzilla vs. Kong officially crossed the $400 million benchmark. The MonsterVerse epic that’s beating its predecessors was still roaring at the box office tills, especially in China, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan and Russia.

Mortal Kombat also continued to perform strongly internationally, with $6.3 million from the previous weekend, with cumulative  earnings of $27.6 million.

In Japan, Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō: The Final, director Keishi Ohtomo’s live-action film based on a manga series, netted $6.6 million.

In Nielsen’s SVOD ratings chart, Disney Plus finally seized the number one position from Netflix. What the highly popular WandaVision did not accomplish, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier did – Disney Plus was on top of the streaming  chart at last.

The ratings coup was made possible by the saga of Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in the miniseries bearing their names.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and also starring Wyatt Russell, Don Cheadle, Danny Ramirez, Daniel Brühl, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Georges St-Pierre, Adepero Oduye, Erin Kellyman, Emily VanCamp and Florence Kasumba,  toppled the mother-daughter dramedy, Ginny & Georgia, from the top of the chart.

Hulu managed to breach Nielsen’s list for the week of March 22 to 28, thanks to Solar Opposites, an adult animated sci-fi/sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan’s and voiced by Justin himself, Thomas Middleditch, Mary Mack and Sean Giambrone.

Netflix clung on the other slots in the weekly TV streaming chart. The Top 10 shows, in ratings order: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, The Irregulars, Ginny & Georgia, Who Killed Sara?, The Crown, Country Comfort, Formula 1: Drive Survive, The One, Longmire and Solar Opposites.