Japan Box Office: ARIA The BENEDIZIONE Makes Its 10th Place Debut

"Hula Fulla Dance" fails to rank in the top 10 in its opening weekend



ARIA The BENEDIZIONE, the final chapter of the Ao no Curtain Call (Blue Curtain Call) trilogy project, was released in 78 theaters across Japan on December 3, and earned an estimated 25 million yen (219,000 USD) on its first Saturday and Sunday to make its 10th place debut. The second chapter ARIA The CREPUSCOLO also ranked 10th when it opened in March 2021.


The ARIA anime franchise based on Kozue Amano's manga series has a long history. First, three TV anime series were aired in Japan  -  ARIA The ANIMATION (2005), ARIA The NATURAL (2006), and ARIA The ORIGINATION (2008). Then, the Ao no Curtain Call trilogy project was launched in 2015 as the tenth anniversary of the manga. Its three-episode first chapter ARIA The AVVENIRE was screened from December 2015 to June 2016, and its second chapter ARIA The CREPUSCOLO followed in March 2021.


ARIA The BENEDIZIONE focusing on the members of Himeya has been received favorably by critics and audiences. It ranked No.1 on Filmarks' first day satisfaction ranking with an approval rating of 4.36 based on 122 reviews. The film's official Twitter writes, "'ARIA The BENEDIZIONE' has won the first place in Filmarks' first day satisfaction ranking. Thank you to everyone who came to the theater! Please continue to support us!"



Another new anime film released last weekend, Hula Fulla Dance unfortunately failed to make its top 10 debut. The film about rookie members of Hawaiians Dancing Team at Spa Resort Hawaiians in Fukushima Prefecture earned a disappointing 14 million yen (22,646 USD) and ranked 14th in its opening weekend.


The live-action feature film adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga (Antique Bakery, Ooku: The Inner Chambers)'s Kinou Nani Tabeta? / What Did You Eat Yesterday? manga kept the same sixth position from last week in its fifth weekend. The 120-minute film has grossed 1.2 billion yen (10.51 million USD) so far. 


Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night climbed up two positions to seventh in its sixth weekend, and Mogura no Uta FINAL, the third and final live-action film adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's crime action manga series, was down two places to ninth in its third weekend.





 Weekend box office Top 10 in Japan (December 4-5, 2021)

 (ticket sales basis)


 1 (new). "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" - 600 million yen

 2 (1). "ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×20 FILM 'Record of Memories'" - 2.5 billion yen

 3 (2). "Encanto"

 4 (3). "Sumikko Gurashi The Movie: A Magical Child of the Blue Moonlit Night"

 5 (4). "Soshite, Batton wa Watasareta" - 1.3 billion yen

 6 (6). "What Did You Eat Yesterday? The Movie" - 1.2 billion yen

 7 (9). "Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night" - 1.21 billion yen

 8 (5): "Dear Evan Hansen" - 60 million yen

 9 (7). "Mogura no Uta FINAL" - 250 million yen

 10 (new). "ARIA The BENEDIZIONE" - 25 million yen







"Hula Fulla Dance" trailer:



Sources: Eiga.com, Pixiin


©2020 Kozue Amano/MAG Garden・ARIAcompany

©BNP, FUJI TV/Oshare Salon Natsunagi


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