The first part of To free! the final blow, the final two-part chapter of Kyoto Animation’s Free! animated film series, released in 151 theaters across Japan on September 17, 2021, and then debuted at No. 3 on the Japanese box office charts for the weekend of September 18-19.
Based on the light novel series written by Ohji Kouji, Free! The animated television series aired for three seasons in Japan from 2013 to 2018, while two compilation films of the television series and two brand new films were released from 2015 to 2019. The second part of To free! the final blow will be released on April 22, 2022.
In its tenth weekend, Mamoru Hosoda’s Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime / BELLE climbed from one place to second from third last weekend. The film’s gross total is now 6.1 billion yen (55.74 million USD) for 4.42 million admissions.
Film n ° 1 of last weekend, My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Mission of the Heroes of the World, the third feature film of the My hero university anime franchise, quickly slipping to sixth in its seventh weekend. But its total gross ultimately hit the three billion yen ($ 27.41 million) mark to become the fourth-highest-grossing Japanese animated film of this year.
Kaguya-sama: Love is the final war, the second live-action film adaptation of Aka Akasaka’s romantic manga comedy, placed seventh in its fifth weekend. Its cumulative total gross of 780 million yen ($ 7.12 million) in its fourth weekend was only 35% of the total domestic gross of the first movie released in 2019. Meanwhile, the live film adaptation by Ken Wakui Tokyo Avengers down two places to ninth in its 11th weekend. The film earned an impressive 4.31 billion yen ($ 39.39 million) and is set to become the highest-grossing Japanese live-action film of this year very soon, surpassing Rurouni Kenshin: the final (4.32 billion yen).
Japan Weekend Box Office Top 10 (September 18-19, 2021)
(ticket sales basis)
1 (new). “Masquerade Night” – 940 million yen
2 (3). “BEAUTIFUL” – 6.1 billion yen
3 (new). “Free! The last move, part 1”
4 (2). “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
5 (new). “Reminiscence”
6 (1). “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes Mission” – 3 billion yen
7 (5). “Kaguya-sama: Love is the final war”
8 (6). “Fast & Furious 9” – 3.5 billion yen
9 (7). “Tokyo Revengers” – 4.31 billion yen
10 (4). “The research institute of the woman of science: the film”
“Free! The last move, part 1” trailer:
Sources: Eiga.com, Pixiin
Ohji Kouji, Kyoto Animation / Fan Club Iwatobi 2021