Deadline reported on Sunday that Sword Art Online The Movie – Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night (Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Kuraki Yūyami no Scherzo), the second film in the Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- anime film series, has earned US$607,000 in the United
States. The movie opened in 892 locations in the U.S. on Friday, and had a per theater average (PTA) of US$681.
Box Office Mojo lists the film’s worldwide earnings (excluding the U.S.) at US$8,695,854.
The film opened in the United States and Canada on Friday, and it is screening in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The movie also opened in the United Kingdom and Ireland on February 1, and in Australia and New Zealand on February 2. Crunchyroll will reveal additional theatrical dates for Europe and Latin America in the future.
The second film opened in Japan on October 22 after a delay and topped the box office chart in its first weekend. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1,076,475,134 yen (about US$7.97 million) as of December 6.
The film features a returning cast. In addition, Kaede Hondo plays Liten, and Yūsuke Kobayashi plays Morte.
Ayako Kohno (unit director on Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic, High School Fleet, The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky) returned to direct the film at A-1 Pictures, and Kento Toya (Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments) returned to design the characters. Yasuyuki Kai again served as action director, and Yuki Kajiura returned to compose the music. Eir Aoi performed the theme song “Shinzо̄” (Heart).
Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, the first anime film in the project, opened in Japan in October 2021, and topped the box office in its first weekend. The film opened in over 40 countries and territories around the world. Funimation screened the film in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in December 2021. Crunchyroll is streaming the movie. The film released on Blu-ray Disc on January 19.
The anime is based on Reki Kawahara‘s Sword Art Online: Progressive light novel series. The novel series launched in 2012 as a revised retelling of Kawahara’s original Sword Art Online novels. The story depicts Kirito’s journey through the floating Aincrad castle from the beginning, floor-by-floor. Yen Press is publishing the Sword Art Online: Progressive novel series in English, as well as two manga adaptations.
Sources: Deadline (Jill Goldsmith), Box Office Mojo
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