Ai Ayanami’s The Last Knight continues to lead the Japanese anime ranking for a third consecutive day as it scored the top spot for a fourth consecutive week, according to a new report from Nielsen Media Research.
The anime debuted to a solid 1.9 percent for a sixth consecutive week in the top 10 in the country, Nielsen said.
This time last year, the anime’s first week was up by 0.8 percent.
It also surpassed the opening weekend for its third season, which aired in July, and its second season, for a record-breaking week of 6.3 million viewers.
The anime’s third season is scheduled to run until September.
“It’s an absolute thrill to see such an incredible run and to see the audience grow each and every week,” said Nielsen Media’s Brian Lydon.
“There’s no doubt that this anime is doing so well in Japan, and we’re proud of it.”
The anime has earned a total of 9,716,858, or $1.3 billion in box office earnings.
The total of 3,854,846 for the first season has surpassed the previous record of 3.8 billion.
The series is the biggest-grossing anime in Japan’s history, with grosses topping $100 million for the third time.
The anime is also one of the top-selling manga in Japan with a total sales of 615,000, according of Nielsen Media.