Oricon reported that the movie Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. Spring Song dominated at the box office in its opening weekend in Japan. It reached a total gross income of 475 million yen (approximately $4.5 million), which placed it first in the weekend rankings. The official Twitter account of Fate/stay night also shared the achievement, celebrating the fact that all 3 installments of the trilogy were ranked 1st in their opening weekends.
More than 270,000 people showed up in movie theaters around Japan to attend the first week of projection of the new film. It’s worth noting that there are currently restrictions in cinemas established by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can see the commercial for the movie here.
The film opened in Japanese theaters on August 15, after previously being delayed from its original date due to the ongoing pandemic. It is the last part of the Heaven’s Feel trilogy. Animated by Ufotable, it adapts the third and final route of the visual novel. The 3 movies focus on Shirou’s relationship with Sakura.
The first film, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. Presage Flower, released on October 14, 2017 in Japan. Furthermore, the second film, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. Lost Butterfly premiered in January 2019.
The movie “Doraemon: Nobita’s New Dinosaur”, which released on August 7th and ranked 1st last week, now ranked 2nd. The live-action movie “Kyō Kara Ore Wa!!” ranked 3rd. That means it’s also the first Japanese movie to surpass 4 billion yen (roughly $37.7 million) this year. It has reportedly mobilized 3.2 million people within 31 days of its release on July 17th.
More movies coming
It will be interesting to see how the other films this year perform. “Violet Evergarden The Movie” by Kyoto Animation premieres in Japan on September 18. “Demon Slayer: Infinity Train” movie by Ufotable on October 16th. “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish” by Bones on December 25th, 2020, among others. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long for the localizations!