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"Theatrical Version Sword Art Online -Progressive- Dark Twilight Scherzo" of the popular anime "Sword Art Online" (SAO) series was released on the 22nd, and mobilized 198,688 people in two days on Saturdays and Sundays until the 23rd. , Recorded a box office revenue of 323,038,836 yen, and started as the top weekend box office revenue ranking.

The number of theaters was 200, and it was released on 240 screens including IMAX, and the average box office revenue per screen was a high operation of 1.35 million yen. As of the 23rd, the cumulative number of people mobilized was 208,820, and the box office revenue was 343,531,796 yen.

On social media, comments such as, "I was so particular up until the last ED that I wanted to watch it again and again" and "I think they showed the best animation for the movie. It's perfect," are already repeaters. is one after another. From the 21st, the day before the release, the IMAX exclusive advance screening was held nationwide, and the fans responded well, saying, "There was a lot of fighting, it was too powerful, it was too cool, and it was goosebumps!" Became. 

Visitor benefits for the second week were announced as "original illustration: a postcard drawn by abec (3 random types)" (distribution period: October 29th to November 4th). Furthermore, from November 3rd, it will be screened at 4DX (64 theaters), MX4D (17 theaters), and Dolby Cinema (6 theaters).

The Sword Art Online series is based on a novel by Reki Kawahara. Set in the near future where the main character, Kirito, has realized virtual reality through a device that connects to the virtual world, this is a story in which he gets involved in various incidents involving online games. It is a popular work that has exceeded 26 million copies in total, and the TV animation broadcast started in 2012 and will be broadcast until the third season. A theatrical version was also released in 2017.

"Sword Art Online Progressive" is a reboot series by author Reki Kawahara, which delves into the beginning of the "SAO" story, the trajectory from the first layer of Aincrad.

In 2021, a completely new animation movie series based on "Progressive" started. The first movie "Aria of the Starless Night", which changed the perspective from Kirito to the heroine Asuna and reconstructed it, depicting a new Aincrad arc, recorded the first place in the weekend box office ranking for the first time, and all the cities. It became a long-run hit for 10 weeks in all prefectures. "Scherzo of the Dark Dusk" will be its sequel.