Free Willy is a 1993 family film directed by Simon Wincer, and released by Warner Bros. under its Family Entertainment label. The film stars Jason James Richter as a young boy who befriends a killer whale.
Followed by two sequels, a third non-consecutive sequel, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove (released in 2010), and a short-lived animated television series, Free Willy was a financial success, eventually making a star out of its protagonist Keiko. The film’s famous climax has been spoofed several times in popular culture.
Michael Jackson produced and performed “Will You Be There”, the theme for the film, which can be heard during the film’s credits. The song won the MTV Movie Award for “Best Song in a Movie” in 1994. It was also included in the album All Time Greatest Movie Songs, released by Sony in 1999. Jackson also performed songs for the film’s first sequel.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film had a domestic gross of 7,868,829 United States dollars in its opening weekend. It went on to make 76,000,000 dollars in its foreign release for a total of 153,698,625 dollars worldwide. Upon its initial release, Free Willy ranked number 5 at the box office before moving to number 4 by the following weekend. Afterward, its rank in the box office and began to gradually decline. Despite the film’s strong earnings at the box office, critical response was generally mixed.
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